CHIMERA - A New Window on The High Speed Universe
Leon Harding



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 ~2.7 arcmin2). The instrument has been funded for an upgrade where the new optical design will achieve a much larger FOV (~8 arcmin2 fully corrected). 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 Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) in our outer Solar System, as well as the search for near Earth asteroids (NEAs). I will discuss the development, deployment and early science results from CHIMERA, as well as the on-going and future KBO and NEA observing campaigns taking place this year.