Designed and built by: Department of Physics, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Description: This photometer
goes on several telescopes around the world, including WHT (Cassegrain and
Nasmyth - GHRIL - focus). An array of dichroics splits up the incident beam in broad band
regions, each region projected onto the detector. The photon-counting tube
detects each photon arrival by knocking of an electron (photo cathode)
which is accelerated through an electric field until it hits a micro channel
plate which produces a shower of electrons. This shower is detected on
a fine grid of wires and, using a techique called coincidence logic, the
photons xy position is recorded together with the arrival time. The two-dimensional
image builds up on the "MAMA" display. Furthermore, 3 fibres acts like
single channel photometers (ADC). Detector size is ~ 1000 x 200 "resolution
elements". Each element is 24 microns corresponding to 0.1" on sky. Field
of view is ~ 100" x 20"
Some scientific highlights:
Enhanced optical emission during Crab giant radio pulses (2003)
Publications: research or technical papers, etc.
M Redfern et al., 1992, "First Scientific Results from TRIFFID", Gemini Newsletter, 38, 1.