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Streak Cameras

A streak camera is a scientific device used for gauging the variance in intensity of a pulse of light over time.

To perform a test, the light pulse is quickly deflected across a detector. The spatial distribution caused by the moving spot, known as the streak image, then shows the temporal progression of the light's power, as each point in time is mapped to a spatial position. The resulting streak image is a linear with varying light intensity.

The most typical kind of streak camera is an optoelectronic device, where the light pulse hits a photocathode inside a vacuum tube.