Serial time-encoded amplified imaging/microscopy (STEAM) is a fast real-time optical imaging method that provides ~10 MHz frame rate, ~100 ps shutter speed, and ~30 dB (× 1000) optical image gain. As of today, STEAM holds world records for shutter speed and frame rate in continuous real-time imaging. STEAM employs the photonic time stretch along with optical image amplification to circumvent the fundamental trade-off between sensitivity and speed that affects virtually all optical imaging and sensing systems.
With this calculator, you will be able to determine spatial and temporal resolution of 1D STEAM.
- K. K. Tsia, K. Goda, D. Capewell, and B. Jalali, "Performance of serial time-encoded amplified microscope," Optics Express 18, 10016 (2010). PDF