Photography at relativistic speeds

Courtial, J. , Gray, N. , O'Donnell, R., MacSporran, R., Oxburgh, S., Hendry, M. and Cowie, E. N. (2016) Photography at relativistic speeds. Proceedings of the SPIE: The International Society for Optical Engineering, 9948, 994808. (doi: 10.1117/12.2237850)

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In a photo taken with a camera moving at relativistic speed, the world appears distorted. That much has long been clear, but the details of the distortion were slow to emerge correctly. We recently added relativistic raytracing capability to our custom raytracer, Dr TIM, resulting in unique combinations of capabilities. Here we discuss a few observations. In particular, photos can be sharp only if the shutter is placed correctly. A hypothetical window that changes light-ray direction like a change of inertial frame, when combined with suitable shutter placement, can correct for all relativistic-aberration effects.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hendry, Professor Martin and Courtial, Dr Johannes and Gray, Dr Norman and Cowie, Dr Euan and Oxburgh, Mr Stephen
Authors: Courtial, J., Gray, N., O'Donnell, R., MacSporran, R., Oxburgh, S., Hendry, M., and Cowie, E. N.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Proceedings of the SPIE: The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publisher:Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers
ISSN (Online):1996-756X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 SPIE
First Published:First published in Proceedings of SPIE 9948: 994808
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
608951Engineering and Physical Sciences Doctoral Training Grant 2012-16Mary Beth KneafseyEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/K503058/1VICE PRINCIPAL RESEARCH & ENTERPRISE
670991Telescope windows: low-vision scopes to cloaksJohannes CourtialEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/M010724/1S&E P&A - PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY