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FIREBALL: the Faint Intergalactic medium Redshifted Emission Balloon: overview and first science flight results
Author(s): Bruno Milliard; D. Christopher Martin; David Schiminovich; Jean Evrard; Matt Matuszewski; Shahinur Rahman; Sarah Tuttle; Ryan McLean; Jean-Michel Deharveng; Frederi Mirc; Robert Grange; Robert Chave
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Paper Abstract

FIREBALL (the Faint Intergalactic Redshifted Emission Balloon) is a balloon-borne 1m telescope coupled to an ultraviolet fiber-fed spectrograph. FIREBALL is designed to study the faint and diffuse emission of the intergalactic medium, until now detected primarily in absorption. FIREBALL is a path finding mission to test new technology and make new constraints on the temperature and density of this gas. We report on the first successful science flight of FIREBALL, in June 2009, which proved every aspect of the complex instrument performance, and provided the strongest measurements and constraints on IGM emission available from any instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2010
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 773205 (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857850
Show Author Affiliations
Bruno Milliard, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
D. Christopher Martin, California Institute of Technology (United States)
David Schiminovich, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Jean Evrard, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Matt Matuszewski, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Shahinur Rahman, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Sarah Tuttle, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Ryan McLean, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Jean-Michel Deharveng, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Frederi Mirc, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Robert Grange, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Robert Chave, Robert Chave Applied Physics Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7732:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Monique Arnaud; Stephen S. Murray; Tadayuki Takahashi, Editor(s)

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