High-speed cinematography is a basic research tool of fundamental importance to the study of a vast variety of transient phenomena occurring in many branches of science. For the present purpose, this will be understood to imply framing rates in excess of 10 kHz and exposure times of less than 1 microsecond. In such a regime of operating conditions, highspeed framing cameras, although available, become extremely cumbersome, have limited application, and are expensive. A simpler approach, which utilizes a pulsed light source to determine both exposure duration and framing rate, is generally preferable. In this case, the camera serves only as a means of displacing successive images over the film at a rate sufficient to avoid image overlap.
KeywordsLaser Cavity Pulse Control Ruby Laser Giant Pulse Laser Cinematography
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