Unlocking the mysteries of the formation of our solar system with CHIMERA

Presented by

Prof. Gregg Hallinan – assistant professor of astronomy, Caltech Dr Colin Coates – product manager OEM & research, Andor Tech

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During this webinar we will discuss the development of the Caltech High-Speed Multi-Color Camera (CHIMERA), using two Andor iXon Ultra 888 EMCCDs, for ground-based searches for occultations of sub-kilometre-sized KBOs, which it achieves through monitoring thousands of stars simultaneously. CHIMERA has completed 20 nights of observing in 2015 and 2016, with an additional 50 nights observing to be completed by July 2018, yielding a final data set likely to have more than 100 occultation events. For several years, professional astronomers have been looking to Andor as a source of extreme performance, exceptionally robust off-the-shelf detector solutions, utilized across many of the key observation sites worldwide. We will provide an overview of the key high-sensitivity, high-temporal-resolution detector technology types, used in diverse applications such as adaptive optics wavefront sensing, solar exploration, high-time-resolution astrophysics, transit exoplanet discovery, gravitational lensing and even customized guide cameras.

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