Specialised Imaging delivers ultra high-speed camera

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Specialised Imaging has delivered the World's first 16-channel camera capable of capturing images at 200,000,000fps with gating down to 5ns to the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Engineering Instrument Pool, run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) laboratories 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: 'Leading UK research groups are now lining up to gain access to the SIM-16 ultra-fast framing camera 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), and high voltage electrical discharge research, amongst others.

Wai Chan, managing director of Specialised Imaging commented: 'The new SIM-16 framing camera was designed to extend the analytical gathering capacity of high-speed data from ultra fast events. Our system uniquely is able to eliminate effects such as parallax and shading, inherent in other designs, and the high spatial resolution (>50 lp/mm) is the same frame to frame and in both axes.'

The SIM-16 provides the choice of 4, 6, 8 or even 16 separate optical channels without comprising performance or image quality.

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