Superfast camera captures cone-shaped wakes of light

Pulses of light can leave behind cone-shaped wakes of light, somewhat similar tocone-shaped sonic booms created byaircraft flying at supersonic speeds. Now, a superfast camera has captured the first-ever video of these events. To capture video of these elusive light-scattering events, the researchers developed a “streak camera” that could capture images at speeds of 100 billion frames per second in a single exposure (fastest receive-only camera in the world).

Here are links to articles on this research:


Custom High-Speed Camera Films ‘Sonic Boom’ of Light for the First Time

Ultrafast Camera Captures ‘Sonic Booms’ of Light for First Time

Single-shot real-time video recording of a photonic Mach cone induced by a scattered light pulse

New High-Speed Camera Is So Fast It Can See Neurons Firing

Scientists have filmed a ‘sonic boom’ of light for the first time


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