Harold Edgerton, Nuclear explosion captured by Edgerton’s Rapatronic camera (U.S. Air Force 1352nd Photographic Group), 1952
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The camera that captured the first millisecond of a nuclear bomb blast
The camera that captured the first millisecond of a nuclear bomb blast. These are photographs of the first few milliseconds of nuclear explosions. They lead scientists to several new discoveries as to how nuclear bombs worked. But how do you capture the first millisecond of a nuclear bomb? With several rapatronic cameras, a Kerr cell, and a little physics.
Atomic bomb explosion at the Nevada Proving Grounds, revealing the incredible anatomy of the first microseconds of an atomic explosion; this ominous fireball was documented in a 1/100,000,000-of-a-second exposure, taken from seven miles away with a lens ten feet long. Circa 1952
The Rapatronic is a Camera made by the EG&G Co. in the 1950's to photograph atomic explosions at the rate of 1/1,000,000 of a second.
Rapatronic Nuclear Photographs • Damn Interesting
Harold Eugene "Doc" Edgerton invented the rapatronic camera, a device capable of capturing images from the fleeting instant directly following a nuclear explosion. These single-use cameras were able to snap a photo one ten-millionth of a second after detonation from about seven miles away, with an exposure time of as little as ten nanoseconds.
Rapatronic Camera: An Atomic Blast Shot at 1/100,000,000th of a Second