The Department of Physics and Space Sciences at Florida Tech will be paying close attention to upcoming weather forecasts, with the hopes of better understanding lightning and upper atmospheric electrical phenomena. To do so, the department purchased an ultrahigh-speed Phantom v1210.
The research, led by associate professor Ningyu Liu, will be critical in better understanding these transient luminous events, also known as sprites, jets and gigantic jets, all which take place above thunderstorms. Fascinating, unpredictable and taking place at incredibly high-speeds, Professor Liu’s requirements for resolution, speed and light-sensitivity led him directly to the Phantom V1210. At its full resolution, the camera can capture images at up to 12,600 frames-per-second.