This camera shoots at a TRILLIONTH of a second!

New camera uses picosecond shutter speed

Researchers at New York's Columbia Engineering and The Université de Bourgogne have been working to create a new type of high-speed scientific camera, which uses neutrons in order to measure atomic positions. 

This is achieved using what the team refers to as a new variable shutter PDF method – standing for atomic "pair distribution function" – by which a shutter speed of around one picosecond (a trillion times faster than normal camera shutters) is used to be able to view clusters of atoms within a much larger structure that would otherwise be blurred.

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.