Focus fusion movie with real ICCD images released

Posted by DerekShannon on Feb 07, 2011 at 02:55 AM
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LPP worked together with the Focus Fusion Society to compile images from the experiment’s high-speed camera into an overall movie of what is happening when Focus Fusion-1 fires its capacitor bank.

LPP hopes to rent a camera that would take 10 images in sequence (aka a real movie) in a single shot.  (Funding pending.  The cost is $5000 per week to rent, $500,000 to own). 

For now, a reminder that the images here were taken in separate shots to form the sequence shown.  You may want to watch the DPF Film to compare these ICCD camera images with the representation of what is happening. 

There is also a version of the ICCD image sequence without the frills:

Or even this animated gif.

The camera has been further adjusted since these images were taken, with a bigger window to get the full picture, so stay tuned for even cooler things to come!

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This is wonderful!

Coincidentally, I had been toying with the idea of doing something like this, like making an animated .gif file from images of DPF (not necessarily FF-1) shots, before real life intervened and I completely forgot about it.

In addition to that $500,000 “film” camera, another cool idea is to add color, even if it’s just false color. (Hey, NASA does it all the time.) It would be coolest to see the natural colors, of course, but I’m not sure what that would require. (A $5,000,000 camera, perhaps? wink)

Brian H's avatar

In the last 2-3 shots, the pinch appears to migrate upwards. Is this real, or an artifact of merging different shot images?  If real, what’s the reason?

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