Speed Of Light Captured On Slow Motion Tape At 10 Trillion FPS

Speed Of Light Captured On Slow Motion Tape At 10 Trillion FPS

Last Updated: 24th July, 2022

You must concede: slow-motion recordings are truly cool. We’ve all run over slow motion (in other words “slow mo“) clips of ordinary events on Television, similar to a water balloon blasting, a bullet shot from a gun submerged, jelly bobbing about on the cone of a sub-woofer, stuff that way.

However, the most recent video from The Slow Mo Guys on YouTube best tops majority of that – it demonstrates a light emission unmistakably going through the whole length of a tiny vial. We should recall that light is the quickest thing known to mankind; it goes at 299,792,458 meters for each second.


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  • YouTubers captured speed of light at 10 trillion frames per second.
  • They used the T-CUP camera at Caltech.

YouTubers captured speed of light at 10 trillion frames per second.

To procure this video, show moderators Gavin Free (Gav) and Daniel Gruchy (Dan) made a beeline for the WM Keck Engineering Laboratories at the California Institute of Technology, where they had the opportunity to get their hands on “the worlds quickest camera” for a little set of trials.


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Known as the T-CUP (trillion-frame-per-second compressed ultra-fast photography) the camera is equipped for accomplishing single-shot, real time imaging velocities of up to 10 trillion frames for every second, which is a hundred times more prominent than the quickest camera out there.

Specifically, T-CUP unites the ideas of compacted detecting and the Radon change, which utilizes just two projections to remake a superb 3-D spatiotemporal information solid shape. The T-CUP framework is additionally based on a femtosecond streak camera, which gives the quickest conceivable transient shearing to accomplish Tfps (trillion outlines per second) imaging speeds,” clarifies Optics and Photonics News, The Optical Society’s monthly news digest.

In the principal analysis found in the YouTube video, the team records, a beam of laser light emission going through a little jug of diluted milk at around 100 billion frames for every second with the assistance of Postdoctoral Scholar Peng Wang.


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At that speed, the beam takes around 2,030 picoseconds to go from one end of the jug to the next. For the sake of reference, one picosecond is one trillionth of a second (0.000000000001 second).

In the second analysis, Wang traps the light shaft inside a small cavity known as “chaotic cavity.” It has mirrors within it’s dividers and is shrouded in water vapor.

Shot at 100 billion frames for each second once more, the light emission go into the cavity is seen bobbing off the reflected dividers irately (around 25 times in a range of 2,500 picoseconds).


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In the third and last analysis, the trio utilize a small rectangular vial of diluted milk to shoot a light emission at 10 trillion frames for every second. The beam is seen going through the whole length of the vial (which is just a couple of millimeters long) in under 50 picoseconds accepting an inconclusive spooky “blob” shape.

As per the team, the T-CUP’s next updates may give it a chance to catch video at 1 quadrillion frames for each second. Watch out The Slow Mo Guys’ video beneath; it’s truly very cool:

Filming the Speed of Light at 10 Trillion FPS

What is the fastest thing we as the human race know of? Gav and Dan try and film that.

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