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Electronic Imaging & Signal Processing

World's first 16-frame ultra-high speed camera

Specialised Imaging Ltd. has recently delivered the World's first 16 channel camera capable of capturing images at 200,000,000 frames per second with gating down to 5ns to the UK's EPSRC Engineering Instrument Pool, which is run for the EPSRC by the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at Didcot in Oxfordshire.

The Pool loans high specification instruments to UK university-based researchers to perform leading edge research where the ultimate image resolution and speed are required. Adrian Walker, Manager of the Engineering Instrument Pool at the STFC said "initial experiments using the new SIM-16 ultra-fast framing camera by the Material Science Department at the University of Oxford have produced some exciting results". He added "other leading UK research groups are now lining up to gain access to the SIM-16 to address imaging challenges in applications including plasma physics and effects of cavitation in turbines".

Originally introduced in 2006 the expanding SIM framing camera range has generated considerable interest in industrial and academic research groups around the world. Applications for ultra high speed multiple framing cameras include material studies (impact mechanics, crack propagation, impact deformation), automotive (combustion research), aerospace (stress failure, aerodynamic performance), high voltage electrical discharge research, plasma display studies and microdevices (dynamics of operation).