Have I got a treat in store for you today!... It has caused a real stir among us tutors at Escape Studios, and we could talk of nothing else yesterday morning.
What I am referring to is an amazing streak camera with, wait for it... One trillion frames per second! The technique used by MIT Media Lab, who have developed this technology, is called femto-photography and it is a sight to behold.
This technique allows us to make slow motion movies of things like light moving around (listen to me, I am talking in the present tense as if I already owned one!). It is incredibly quick and the only drawback I can see is that the process takes about an hour. Also, the object being photographed has to be repeatable as the videos are made up of lots of small clips of the same action over time. This must be the fastest, slowest camera ever...
Here's a really cool video of a pulse of laser light travelling in slow motion through a plastic bottle.
Here is what my colleague Simon Fenton had to say on the subject:
"The following video is a beautiful example of light and color and shows the visualizing of photons in motion at a trillion frames per second - not something we will be seeing in Jessops anytime soon!"