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Photography at relativistic speeds
Author(s): Johannes Courtial; Norman Gray; Ruaridh O'Donnell; Ross MacSporran; Stephen Oxburgh; Martin Hendry; Euan N. Cowie
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Paper Abstract

In a photo taken with a camera moving at relativistic speed, the world appears distorted. That much has long been clear, but the details of the distortion were slow to emerge correctly. We recently added relativistic raytracing capability to our custom raytracer, Dr TIM, resulting in unique combinations of capabilities. Here we discuss a few observations. In particular, photos can be sharp only if the shutter is placed correctly. A hypothetical window that changes light-ray direction like a change of inertial frame, when combined with suitable shutter placement, can correct for all relativistic-aberration effects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9948, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XIX, 994808 (27 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2237850
Show Author Affiliations
Johannes Courtial, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Norman Gray, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Ruaridh O'Donnell, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Ross MacSporran, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Stephen Oxburgh, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Martin Hendry, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Euan N. Cowie, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9948:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XIX
Arthur J. Davis; Cornelius F. Hahlweg; Joseph R. Mulley, Editor(s)

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