VIDEO OF THE DAY: ‘Sonic Boom’ Of Light Captured For The First Time Ever

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Scientists use camera that captures 100 billion frames per second

ABOVE VIDEO: Scientists used a camera that can capture 100 BILLION frames per second in a single exposure to capture a “sonic boom” of light. D News explains how they were able to do it.

(D NEWS) – For the first time ever, scientists have captured the “sonic boom” for light.

Normally sonic booms are created when an object moves faster than the speed of sound.

But you shouldn’t be able to create a ‘sonic boom’ for light when nothing can travel faster than light.

Unless, of course, you are a bit more specific.

Nothing can move faster than the speed of light in a vacuum.

You can, however, slow down the speed of a beam of light by shining it through a medium like water or glass.

By leveraging this quality, you can make some light travel faster than other light.

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This graphic shows a so-called photonic Mach cone, which is sort of like a sonic boom; but in this instance, you can see the cone-shaped wake of light pulses. (  Jinyang Liang and Lihong V. Wang image)


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