Bet You Didn't Know You Could

Monday, February 11, 2013
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I think I should start by explaining what a streak camera is. Then I’ll explain why you should care. At least I’ll explain why I care! A streak camera is a superbly sophisticated instrument used in ultrafast physics and spectroscopy experiments that allows you to record incredibly short events (on the order of picoseconds or even less) with good temporal and spatial resolution. It works by collecting the light from the subject at hand (say, e.g., a very short flash), converting the light into a beam of electrons, and sweeping that beam across a phosphor screen very rapidly ..

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