Shooting at 36.7 million frames (yes MILLION) per second, with a shutter speed of 27 picoseconds (that’s 0.000 000 000 001 seconds) a new camera developed by Engineers at UCLA is said to be the world’s fastest and world’s most sensitive photo camera.
A team of Engineers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), led by Bahram Jalali and Dino Di Carlo, developed this camera that is about 100 times faster than existing optical microscopes. The hope is that this device can be used to drastically improve a doctor’s ability to diagnose early-stage and pre-metastatic cancer by photographing the single cells in the blood stream.
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The official name for this camera is “automated flow-through single-particle optical microscope”. Due to it’s massive shooting speed (36.7 million fps, 27 picoseconds shutter speed) traditional CCD and CMOS sensors simply don’t measure up. They take far too long to read the data out of each pixel, and the image turns blurry because there isn’t enough light to produce a sharp image anyways. So instead, this new device uses STEAM imaging — serial time-encoded amplified microscopy — which was also developed by the same UCLA team back in 2009. The STEAM technology fires quick laser pulses which are reflected off cells that flow through a microfluidic device. The image is captured is then amplified and picked up by a very high-speed single-pixel photodetector, and ultimately gets processed by an FPGA.
Our hearty congratulations to the UCLA Jalali Lab engineers for this breakthrough technology that is sure to help millions of cancer patients in the not too distant future.