The (Super) WASP Project

25th May at 11.00 am in the Seminar rooms U13/U15

Dr Don Pollacco, Queens University, Belfast


Abstract:

The SuperWASP camera is a novel ultra-wide field imaging camera recently turned operational in La Palma (Canary Islands). While designed to run robotically it is currently operating automatically and measuring the brightness of some 50 million stars per night. The main science aim is the detection of large planets around nearby stars which SuperWASP is expected to be a world leader over the next few years.

This is a relatively light hearted talk designed to show the trials and tribulations during the construction phase as well as demonstrating the current performance of the instrument.