CHIMERA - A New Window on The High Speed Universe

The CHIMERA (Caltech HIgh-speed Multi color camERA) photometer was
commissioned in August 2012 at prime focus of the Hale 200-inch. It was
designed as an ultra high-speed photometer, capable of achieving >30 fps over
its full field (currently 3' x 3'). The instrument has been funded for an
upgrade where the new optical design will achieve a much larger FOV (10' x
10'). CHIMERA was designed to characterize the photometric signatures from
optical transient sources (e.g. brown dwarfs, flare stars, AM CVns, transiting
exoplanets). The motivation of CHIMERA's upgrade is largely in the pursuit of
occultations of stars by sub-km sized objects in our outer Solar System -
Kuiper Belt Objects. I will discuss the development, deployment and early
science results from CHIMERA, as well as the future KBO observing campaign
taking place later this year. I will also discuss the recently published
results from the GUFI (Galway Ultra-Fast Imager), a previous instrument used
during my graduate studies.