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  • "Femto Photography": Born in a Lab at MIT

    MIT Media Lab's Camera Culture Group has developed a process for visualizing light at a trillion frames per second. The name? "Femto Photography". This seems like something sports photographers could really get behind. Perhaps sifting through a trillion frames of images for a one second moment would be a little too tedious. Even the most patient editors would have a difficult time with that one. Of course, yes, we know it wouldn't be possible in the first place. An exposure time of 1/1,000,000,000,000 seconds is a little too short for a moving subject to be properly exposed. It is still fun to think about, however.

    In all seriousness, this is way cool. Visualizing the propagation of waves through water is one thing, but being able to visualize the propagation of light is something else. Check out the video below. It shows pulses of a laser and the light emitted and propagated from that pulse. It takes approximately one-billionth of a second for the light to travel across the entire bottle. Slowed down, it takes a little bit longer than that....

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