ultracam: high-speed astrophysics

Vik Dhillon, Mark Stevenson
John Kelly, Richard Pashley
University of Sheffield

Tom Marsh
University of Southampton

David Atkinson, Derek Ives, Tully Peacocke,
Chris Tierney, Andy Vick

ULTRACAM is an ultra-fast, triple-beam CCD camera, designed to study one of the few remaining unexplored regions of observational parameter space - high temporal resolution. Recently funded in full (£292 k) by PPARC, it will see first light in February 2002 and will be used on 2-m, 4-m and 8-m class telescopes in Australia, Chile, Greece, La Palma and South Africa to study astrophysics on the fastest timescales.                  
science science
design design
performance performance      
performance milestones      

talk given at the First Galway Conference on High Time Resolution Astrophysics on 18/04/01. Before the conference, a few of us visited Birr Castle.