Fascinating video shows what the speed of light looks like it's traveling at 10 TRILLION frames per second.
- A new Slow Mo Guys video shows what the speed of light looks like
- The researchers used the world's fastest camera. T-Cup, developed by CalTech
- Camera captures the speed of light at 10 trillion frames per second
The speed of light is often referred to as the speed limit of the universe, making it virtually impossible to capture with the camera.
But a high-tech camera developed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology has done just that.
The stunning footage was featured in a new video by YouTuber's The Slow Mo Guys as part of their "Planet Slow Mo" series.
In it, a CalTech researcher documents what it looks like when a beam of light propagates at a rate of 10 trillion frames per second.
Scroll down for videos
HOW DOES THE WORLD'S FASTEST CAMERA WORK?
The camera is based on a method called compressed ultrafast photography (CUP).
However, this works only at 100 billion frames per second.
The researchers added a so-called femtosecond streak camera, which is used in scanners.
Light particles are converted into electrons as they pass through a narrow gap.
This allows the camera to take pictures with 10 trillion frames Second.
CalTech invented the so-called "fastest camera in the world", which makes the speed of light visible.
The device, called the T-Cup, captures images at 10 trillion frames per second – in front of the average smartphone camera, which accounts for about 30 per second.
The camera was first introduced in October last year.
For the video, postdoctoral fellow Peng Wang starts with a speed of 100 billion pictures per second.
At this speed, a light beam takes about 2,000 picoseconds to traverse the length of an average water bottle.
A single picosecond is about a trillionth of a second.
To see how the light goes through the bottle, the researchers diluted the water with a small amount of milk.
At a speed of 100 billion frames per second, Slow Mo Guys move the light millions of times faster than a bullet.
The speed of light is often called the speed limit of the universe, making it almost impossible to be captured with the camera. However, with a high-tech camera developed by researchers from the California Institute of Technology, it has been possible to capture the process with breathtaking attention to detail.
CalTech researchers helped develop the "fastest camera in the world." The technology could have a major impact on medical and scientific research
The video then shows what it looks like when the speed of light is 500 billion images per second or about 450 picoseconds.
Finally, Wang locks the camera up to a maximum speed of 10 trillion frames per second.
A camera then picks up the light beam as it passes through a few millimeters of diluted milk.
The entire process takes about 50 picoseconds.
CalTech hopes to increase the speed of its camera by one day to a quadrillion frames per second.
The camera is based on a technique known as femto photography.
Shown here is a light captured by the T-Cup camera, traveling at a distance of 2.4 picoseconds. CalTech hopes the camera can capture speeds up to a quadrillion FPS
. Light particles are converted to electrons as they pass through a narrow gap, allowing the camera to capture images at a rate of 10 trillion frames per second.
The technology That could have a big impact on medical and scientific research.
Professor Liang from the National Institute for Scientific Research in Quebec said, "It's a feat in itself.
"But we already see opportunities to increase the speed to as high as one quadrillion (10 to 15) frames per second." Speeds of this kind certainly provide insight into yet unknowable secrets of the interactions between them Matter, "he added.