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The cosmic infrared background experiment (CIBER): instrumentation and first results
Author(s): M. Zemcov; J. Battle; J. Bock; A. Cooray; V. Hristov; B. Keating; D. H. Lee; L. Levenson; P. Mason; T. Matsumoto; S. Matsuura; U. W. Nam; T. Renbarger; I. Sullivan; K. Tsumura; T. Wada
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Paper Abstract

Ultraviolet emission from the first generation of stars in the Universe ionized the intergalactic medium in a process which was completed by z ~ 6; the wavelength of these photons has been redshifted by (1 + z) into the near infrared today and can be measured using instruments situated above the Earth's atmosphere. First flying in February 2009, the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment (CIBER) comprises four instruments housed in a single reusable sounding rocket borne payload. CIBER will measure spatial anisotropies in the extragalactic IR background caused by cosmological structure from the epoch of reionization using two broadband imaging instruments, make a detailed characterization of the spectral shape of the IR background using a low resolution spectrometer, and measure the absolute brightness of the Zodiacal light foreground with a high resolution spectrometer in each of our six science fields. The scientific motivation for CIBER and details of its first and second flight instrumentation will be discussed. First flight results on the color of the zodiacal light around 1 μm and plans for the future will also be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77351W (15 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857483
Show Author Affiliations
M. Zemcov, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
J. Battle, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
J. Bock, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)
A. Cooray, Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)
V. Hristov, California Institute of Technology (United States)
B. Keating, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
D. H. Lee, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (Korea, Republic of)
L. Levenson, California Institute of Technology (United States)
P. Mason, California Institute of Technology (United States)
T. Matsumoto, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Seoul National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
S. Matsuura, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
U. W. Nam, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (Korea, Republic of)
T. Renbarger, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
I. Sullivan, California Institute of Technology (United States)
K. Tsumura, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
T. Wada, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7735:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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