Light Bullets On Camera


This is phenomenal! This amazing TED talk shows a technique that uses a kind of "faster-than-light" photography process to capture photons in motion. The result shows what it would look like if we could see light traveling in slow motion. Utterly amazing. The process is an cumulative photo capture operation that happens over and over again in progressive-timed precision until the pictures of the light falling upon the target can be assembled into one video showing the result.

Watch the video, watch it again. My favorite part - the photons hit the ball, and go inside of it... the object itself glows even after the initial photons elsewhere in the scene are gone, as the photons that hit the ball bounce around inside of it... fascinating.

To top it off, the video discusses a technique termed CORNAR at MIT, that allows us to see around corners. Mind blowing!


Todd Hopkinson