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Scientists develop an Ultrafast Camera that records at the Speed of Light - WOW !

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posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 12:30 AM
reply to post by tauristercus

Does this mean that we can see stuff happening in space light years away, but actually see it happen in real time ?

Like instead of the super nova being from 8 million years ago it was from 8 weeks ago or something ?

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 12:32 AM
reply to post by tauristercus

This is fantastic, I saw it this morning and became quite excitable.

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 12:36 AM
Reminds me of this article about Wilbur "Wil" Allen Whitehouse Obama advisor and his camera he invented which he has been filming ufos coming and going from the whitehouse itself.

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 12:52 AM
How's that saying go? Pictures or video, or it did not happen.

Nice video explanation, but no slow mo vid's associated with it?

It did not happen. This video is just a "future outlet" of whats to come.

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 12:52 AM
reply to post by zatara

It doesn't matter where they're from.
In order to progress we need to work together.
and they are doing that with great results.

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 01:25 AM
impressive. it isn't possible to go much farther though. the device you're using to observe something else must be made of parts smaller than the thing you're observing.

in other words, it's impossible to see the bottom most level of what makes the universe, because you must use what is inside the universe to see it.

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 01:38 AM
Very impressive still, but if you read the article this only works with something can be repeated in an identical fashion multiple times. And no, you can not see what happened 8 weeks ago using this, mostly because the event only happens once, and this only works with an event that is repeated over and over multiple times 100% identically, in a confined controlled area.

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 01:48 AM

Originally posted by alfa1

Impressive as it is, it is really just a camera version of a stroboscope.
Taking multiple shots at strobed intervals of the reflected light of many many different pulses, each with a slightly different delay.
The impressive bit, I suppose, is the very short exposure t...

what an uncharacteristically idiotic thing for you to say. a stroboscope?! you see that it is the light that is moving, not the thing, yes? we already have a "camera version of a stroboscope"....its called a video-camera. this is different.

the researcher speaks to its usefulness near the end of the video. in short: we can now make a very detailed analysis of the phase interference generated by the system at a very specific location within the though there were a tiny lightbulb inside of it.

honestly, have you ever seen a soda-bottle label cast a shadow? how is that not the very definition of "impressive"?!

as to the question about evaluating the double-slit experiment.... would be wise to note that at the large-scale of this device (soda bottle), a single photon willbe too dim to be detectable. what we are recording here is the WAVEFRONT of the pulse. to capture a resolution that would make the double-slit observable, the scale size would have to be magnified a billion-fold.

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 02:07 AM

Originally posted by zatara

But why are all these geniuses at US universities talking with an accent..?

Probably because they came to those universities from other countries. You can do that you know.

That said, this is simply amazing. I am almost speechless at this. It will allow us to study light and photons with much more scrutiny and very well could lead to all kinds of amazing advances.

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 02:30 AM
reply to post by Bob Sholtz

what are you on about!

first off if we can master cabling and cameras on a nano scale and master scaling and all relevant data and abilities necessary to create efficient nano tech for this specific purpose, we could begin to create nano machines (robots) that we could use to build even smaller objects all controlled by a normal sized computer. In this day and age, with the current "super speed" advancement of technology, this should be nothing less than achievable!

The ambition, will and planning exists so bring on the test.
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posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 02:35 AM
I'm speechless. S&F OP, much deserved for bringing this here.

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 02:41 AM
Did anyone actually listen to the video...?

The light is setup specifically to pass the camera multiple times in order to catch different frames of the light moving. In which they composite later to make the light appear as if it were moving at a rate in which the camera could catch it, but it's can't.

Think first... a camera that can record at the speed of light, has components that are moving faster than the speed of light, lol.

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 02:55 AM
Whoa, the light is just like a bunch of insignificant monomorium minimums...incredible...

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 03:10 AM
if you have 1 trillion pictures per second, imagine how many hard drives you would need for 10 second movie...

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 03:11 AM
reply to post by Silcone Synapse

brill idea

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 03:14 AM
reply to post by tauristercus

I read through the post a few times, and i watched the video. I still dont understand lol

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 03:54 AM

Originally posted by Silcone Synapse
reply to post by tauristercus

What a great bit of technology!!!
BUT-Its pointing the wrong way;
Rig that sucker up to the Hubble,and point it into deep space.
THAT is the way to find advanced alien life zipping about in their FTL ships!

Do it MIT,please!

To get anywhere in space they'd need to be travelling so much faster than light speed that the camera would still be useless for that purpose.

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 03:57 AM
so its a laser right, a coherent beam.

so the photons are passing through the bottle, and for some reason they are visible to the camera.

that doesnt make sense, the camera (which ill assume is digital but it doesnt matter) has a ccd or cmos photo sensor, say it has the ability to detect a single photon striking it and turn that into a single pixel (it probably doesnt). which would result in 1 white dot on a black image.

the only way it could get an image is if a photon hits it, and if the light is from a laser, lasers produce collimated light, in other words its all going in 1 direction. so it shouldnt scatter until it hits the end of the bottle.

say you held a flashlight in front of the camera, perfectly perpendicular to the sensor, in this hypothetical test your performing it in total vacuum, isolated from ambient light. so light wouldnt scatter on impact with say gas molecules, or dust. in this case you wouldnt see anything, even if the camera was infinitely fast, because it can only create an image if it absorbs a photon, and since there is nothing there to scatter the light, bouncing some fraction toward the camera, there wouldnt be an image.

its like shining a flashlight in a dusty attic, or outdoors. you can see the beam in a dusty attic, but not outside most of the time. same principle applies.

long story short, this cant work.

posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 04:09 AM
reply to post by tauristercus

i would want to see a video of an atom. the electrons photographed and slowed down for us to see what the heck is going on.


posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 05:32 AM
As amazing as this SEEMS, the video doesn't show anything quite revolutionary.

When they release a photo of light actually traveling in a wave function that my mind will = blown.

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