MIT camera system captures speed of light
December 13th, 2011
01:42 PM ET

MIT camera system captures speed of light

By Doug Gross, CNN

A trillion exposures per second sounds amazingly fast. But that capacity is what you need in a camera if you're going to capture images of the speed of light.

A team of MIT researchers say they've created a revolutionary camera system that can, literally, render the speed of light in slow motion.

"There's nothing in the universe that looks fast to this camera," said Andreas Velten, a post-doctoral researcher who called the system the "ultimate" version of slow motion.

The imaging system relies on creative use of a streak camera - a tool used for measuring light's intensity. The team set up a series of 500 sensors, each programmed to go off one-trillionth of a second after the last.

The result, shown in a video on MIT's site, makes a laser-generated bolt of light appear as if it were moving slowly through a clear soda bottle.

Watch a video of the MIT imaging system in action.

For perspective on how difficult that is, consider that photons, or light particles, travel about 1 million times faster than a bullet, according to Ramesh Raskar, an associate professor on the team.

MIT researcher Andreas Velten shows off the camera system.

It takes only a nanosecond — a billionth of a second — for light to flash through the bottle. But MIT said it takes researchers about an hour to collect all the data necessary to assemble a video showing the movement of that light. 

For that reason, Raskar calls the new system “the world’s slowest fastest camera.”

Such technology could be used in the medical, science and industrial fields, according to the researchers. It also could aid engineers in the development of better camera flashes.

"Because we can see those photons, we could use them to look inside objects," Velten said.

But don't hold your breath hoping to see one of these on the shelves at Best Buy or Fry's any time soon. The camera setup and laser are worth about $250,000, according to MIT.

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    They had to use something like a bottle that would diffuse light outward towards the lens of the camera. Otherwise, you could not capture light from point A to point B without sensors being in the pathway of the light and only capturing light once it hits said sensors.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      So in this photo, light is inside the bottle and on its way to the other end... but you can't see that light because it hasn't reflected or diffused to the lens.

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    Would it have been too much to expect to see the actual video instead of a still photo? I know I might not be able to garner much information but Id think that based on the content of the story it would be natural to show it.

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    • einstein

      A picture is worth a thousand words or in your case, maybe not. Concept, execution, move on.

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  19. Chuck Anziulewicz

    This is quite fascinating, but it is actually not the first time a pulse of laser light has been caught on film. MANY years ago I remember seeing a still photograph of a pulse of laser light, perhaps an inch or so long, passing through a glass bottle filled with water. I tried Googling the image, but without success.

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      p.s. The other particle won't "appear" as anything... because it is moving away and never landing on your retina.

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      The distance between the two photons of light in the scenario you describe will be increasing at twice the speed of light. That perception would be relative to an observer outside either photon. If you were "on" the photon you would perceive nothing at all about the other photon, because information about the other photon's state cannot travel faster than light.

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      And how is this relevant to the article?

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    Meanwhile, as government-funded scientists spend $250,000 to watch light pass through a plastic soda bottle, a homeless vet begs for change on the inner city streets...

    December 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Reply
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      Think of it this way, take the "teach a man to fish" philosophy and extrapolate it. Such as – "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, teach humanity the many secrets of the universe and the whole species will prosper.

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  36. t

    WOW! Now to think of a practical application for it. Since all communication travels at the speed of light (ie. radio waves- you know, for TV & such), what can capturing light & being able to "freeze frame" it accomplish? We read chemical signatures from all of our observable cosmos using light, already. It will be interesting to see if a good use can be made of these cameras.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • Not a physicist

      Imagine taking before and after pictures with simple technology. Now imagine many more befores and afters that can now be captured and viewed such as when various changes occur in any myriad of process. I think there could be many uses for such an application as described in the story.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Reply
      • t

        I get it. A slower playback may reveal more detail of what changes. I guess my head was too much "out there" to grasp a more earthly application:)

        December 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
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    Wonder if the scientist's at CERN could use this with their Higgs Bosom project?

    December 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Reply
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  39. ArtInChicago

    Help me on this, to capture the speed of something, the recording device has to be as fast/faster than that thing. We know the speed of light is a theoretical limit, so there isn't a device that will travel faster (I know warp and the like), so did the bottle (and atmosphere) slow light down sufficiently to have the device record it?

    December 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • MrBo

      Did you read the article? It clearly states the system is composed of 500 sensors firing in sequence. The SYSTEM as a whole captures the sequence. Nothing in the camera system actually travels faster than light. It's like having 500 cameras, one shooting after the other. All you have to do is control the time delay between each shot.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Reply
    • Jeff_in_Dallas

      I wondered the same thing at first. My understanding is that the "camera" is not a traditional lens and shutter system like we typically think of, but 500 linked sensors that each take an exposure one trillionith of a second after the previous, in succession. That way you can link the images together to form a video, but the shutter doesn't have to move faster than the speed of light, which is impossible.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Reply
    • SiidAirfoil

      You're not looking at it correctly. The camera doesn't MOVE faster than the speed of light. It snaps photos fast enough to show the front of a light beam at one position in one photo and in a second position in the next photo. As long as the pics are snapped at one/nanosecond, you should be able to see the light change position by about 1 foot between consecutive frames.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • UtahJohn

      The sensors are not moving. The "shutters" in the sensors must open and close fast enough to capture the bolt of light as it passes through the bottle. Just think of a photography on the sidelines a a track meet. The people run the camera is usually stationary.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      The camera takes pictures of instantaneous events, at a high frame rate. The ultimate limit for frame rate is infinity, where it stops being a frame, and becomes a live and seamless event. Speed, such as light, is a rate over time, and quite the opposite of an instantaneous event. You can't measure speed instantaneously, speed has to be an average. Trying to record an instantaneous speed is the same as dividing by zero, it can't be done. The camera is not traveling like the light is, the camera is simply making so many observations, that it can see light travel.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • Not a physicist

      Also don't forget that the speed of light as a limit is being challenged. New theories beyond Einstein's The Theory of Relativity are being explored all the time.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • ArtInChicago

      Mr.Bo, YES I read the article. Then this is no different than recording the info from a particle accelerator. The aggregate records the event, not a single camera. That was my confusion. Thanks for those that contributed.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Reply
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    • Nigama

      It's like the very large panorama pics, where the camera sweeps across from one end to the other. My class pic was like that. Kids used to start at the beginning end, duck down behind the back row, sprint down to the other end and be in the same picture twice, on both ends. They just do it with a laser, and use a mirror to do the movement so they can get all angles of the light. They then combine all the different pictures (which were taken at different times) into one complete picture. Even tho it's an amalgamation, it still clearly shows how light moves. Hope that helps.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • Sajor

      No, what they basically did, was use a number of "cameras" that recorded the even sequentially. ie; at a trillionth of a second one after the other. That is also the way film works in a motion picture (although with a single camera at much slower sequential speed) and that is why it takes them so long to gather all the data and assembled it in the form of a video. Pretty ingenious.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • Nonimus

      Actually, I think their process was even more complex.
      Based on the linked video, I think, they basically did a 500 line scan as each trillionth of a sec position. Their light source is a laser that emits pulses of light a such a high rate that it looks like a continuous beam. By timing the exposure of a single-line sensor camera at the same trillionth of a sec, which would put the light pulse at the same physical position in the scene, and then repeating for each of the 500 "streak" (or line) sensor, you would have one "frame" of the video.
      Reset for next position, i.e. next determined trillionth of a second pulse position, and repeat for next frame.

      At 32 frames per sec for standard video, that would be 500x32x60=960000 exposures per minute of video.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Reply
      • Nonimus

        Anyone ever use a timing light to set the ignition timing on a car? That's what it reminds me of, but at one line (or streak) per exposure.

        December 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
      • SenorCovert

        You're pretty much correct. if you want more information about it just google "raskar" and "trillionfps" first link is the MIT project page for this. i'd have provided the link myself but cnn won't allow it.

        December 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
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    Anyone need a Coke?

    December 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply
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    How many people starved to death during this project?

    December 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • rich

      Not enough. At 7.2 billion people, simple will tell you we will strave ourselves to death within 30 years at the present rate of growth.

      From 1800 – 1954 2.4 Billion
      1954 – Present 7.2 Billion

      December 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Your point?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • G. Lang

      So what's your point. The world should abandon science while there are hungry people on the planet? Perhaps a tad shortsighted?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Reply
    • Brad

      How many medical technologies came out of the space program? Stop being a narrow minded buffoon.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Reply
      • Chris


        December 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      How many people starved to death while you shopped for the computer that let you post your message?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Reply
      • Nancy Pelosi

        I have absolutely no problem kicking in the proceeds from a few of my broomsticks if that will help you...

        December 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • twz130

      (rolling my eyes) ....bob ho, guess you better stop wasting time reading this article and start helping some starving people

      December 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Reply
      • Erica

        You have spoke about saverel curious things here. I came across this article by using Bing and I have to admit that I already subscribed for your site, it is very fine (;

        February 21, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • Paul

      Are you saying they didn't drink the Coke?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • Nonimus

      How many lives will be saved by a sonagram-like device using light and other em spectrum radiation?

      December 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Reply
      • Hendrik

        Heck, even a llitte mouse munching on lunch in a field knows it had better haul butt when it is suddenly darkened by a shadow.That was one of the funniest lines I've read this week!

        February 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @bob ho,
      "How many people starved to death during this project?"
      Didn't someone say the same thing to Jonas Salk?

      December 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • jayh

      Sadly, not you...

      December 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • jeff

      Oh who cares. Are we supposed to stop human progress because someone is dying?

      December 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Reply
      • Irsi

        Out of the many, many qeoutisns I've seen on this site, that's the best one yet, well done mate. Such an obvious question that nobody has thought to ask it, plus a great answer.

        February 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
      • FabioManxio

        Very good siogestugns, you just gained a brand new reader. What would you suggest in regards to your post that you made a few days ago?

        February 22, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • JohnW

      More science bad! More food good! *chest-beat* *chest-beat* *chest-beat*

      December 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  42. chris

    Instead of everyone commenting on how it is just a picture of a light on a bottle, how about you follow the posted link to youtube in the middle of the article and watch the actual video of the light traveling through the lightbulb. These guys don't work at MIT for no reason.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Reply
    • chris

      Throught the bottle I meant.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • Alysson

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      February 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Reply
  43. conoclast

    Why do these science-eggheads insist on chasing moonbeams when they should be out working for a living? If "education" makes you think moonbeams are more important than making a living then maybe it's time we DID scrap all forms of it, like our wise republican bretheren propose! What possible good is being smart if you refuse to get in line?

    December 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • awtpSIM

      So simple minded. I would say it's a shame, but... Well... You wouldn't understand.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • Dizzy Buzz

      He's getting paid to chase moonbeams while most of us are toiling for "the man" at some mundane, unimpressive task.

      He wins.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • D

      How can you not grasp that understanding the world allows things like micro-chips to be developed, or new ways to treat injuries/sickness, etc. Every new discovery is merely a stepping stone to create new or improve on existing technology.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Reply
      • Nunya

        Too busy watching videos on all the technology that's been made possible and available by all the basic research that came before.

        All i can say is that it's a good thing that they weren't trying to film light (or thought or anything else) moving through some of these peoples' skulls...

        December 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Brad

      It's this type of technology that leads to advances in areas they never expected. Penicillin came out of moldy bread. Smoke detectors came out of the Apollo program. Open your eyes.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Reply
    • vbscript2

      It's kind of sad to see that liberals don't even understand sarcasm from their own.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • Howard

      They ARE working for a living, idiot! If everyone thought like you, we'd all probably still be sitting in outhouses instead of on flush toilets. We pay for basic research because nobody has ever been consistently successful at predicting which forms of research will yield useful technological advances, some of which even you, concoclast, make use of.

      Ignorance is tolerable; stupidity is forever. For the ignorant, we educate; for the stupid, we pray.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Reply
      • dbarak

        "Thomas Edison, you come in here right this minute! Stop fooling around with those glass bubbles you've been making and go buy some candles! It's almost dark!"

        December 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
      • Rangith

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        February 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • Nonimus

      And yet you wasted enough time learning to read and (sort of) write, use a computer, etc.
      Why don't you go dig a ditch or something? I'm sure that would be more productive than espousing your opinion on blog site, at least for you anyway.

      December 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  44. gfdfrdrcdrekk

    drone technology travels faster than light

    December 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  45. Fupped duck

    I saw the image of Satan in the light in the coke bottle. This is obviously Darwinian propaganda & should be immediately halted..A stop that stem cell stuff while your at it.....Signed Newt

    December 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  46. yo4realD


    December 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  47. Omar Rosales

    There will be some applications in Astronomy. Cool Stuff!!!

    December 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  48. Neeneko

    While a setup that impressive is obviously outside the reach of hobbists.. I wonder if the same basic technique could be used to produce DIY high speed cameras of lower quality....

    December 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  49. Mike

    @Carter – What's point? Light traveling through a medium that you can photograph. Makes sense to me.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • Carter Mandrik

      It wasn't a serious comment Mike. The headline of the article got my expectations up very high, so I was expecting to see some amazing image of what light actually looked like in slow motion. Granted that probably was an unrealistic expectation, but still I was disappointed to see a hazy picture of a Coke bottle.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Reply
      • chris

        If you would have followed the link to youtube you would see the actual video.

        December 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  50. Justin

    Simply amazing!

    December 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • Edwin


      December 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  51. Carter Mandrik

    That's just a 2-liter plastic Coke bottle turned on it's side. What do these scientists take us for??

    December 13, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • Terry

      I concur. Maybe we should get the Nobel Prize for uncovering this hype.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • Levi

      you're a dolt... thats the light going through the bottle. they captured the light before it went all the way through.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Reply
      • Carter Mandrik

        You are a genius. Thank you so much for explaining it to me in terms I could understand.

        December 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
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      February 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
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      I have been in slmiiar situations before. Its not as easy solution as you thought it is, its something that you'll have to write out for yourself over a period of time.

      February 22, 2012 at 2:22 am | Reply

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