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The Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment (CIBER): Instrumentation and First Results

Zemcov, M. and Battle, J. and Bock, J. and Cooray, A. and Hristov, V. and Keating, B. and Lee, D. H. and Levenson, L. and Mason, P. and Matsumoto, T. and Matsuura, S. and Nam, U. W. and Renbarger, T. and Sullivan, I. and Suzuki, K. and Tsumura, K. and Wada, T. (2010) The Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment (CIBER): Instrumentation and First Results. In: Ground-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III. Proceedings of SPIE. No.7735. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 77351W. ISBN 978-0-81948-225-9.

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Ultraviolet emission from the first generation of stars in the Universe ionized the intergalactic medium in a process which was completed by z similar to 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 mu m and plans for the future will also be presented.

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Zemcov, M.0000-0001-8253-1451
Bock, J.0000-0002-5710-5212
Cooray, A.0000-0002-3892-0190
Matsuura, S.0000-0002-5698-9634
Additional Information:© 2010 SPIE. This work was supported by NASA APRA research grants (NNX07A154G, NNG05WC18G, NNX07AG43G, and NNX07AJ24G), and KAKENHI grants (20.34, 18204018, 19540250, 21111004, and 21340047) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. We acknowledge the dedicated efforts of the sounding rocket staff at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and White Sands Missile Range, and the engineers at the Genesia Corporation for the technical support of the CIBER optics. We thank Dr. Allan Smith, Dr. Keith Lykke, and Dr. Steven Brown (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) for laboratory calibration of the four CIBER instruments. MZ acknowledges support from a NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship, KT acknowledges support from the JSPS Research Fellowship for the Young Scientists, and AC acknowledges support from an NSF CAREER award.
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Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)20.34
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)18204018
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)19540250
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)21111004
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)21340047
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)UNSPECIFIED
NASA Postdoctoral ProgramUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:astronomy; infrared; backgrounds; anisotropy; imaging; spectrometers; telescopes; space optics
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:7735
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Official Citation: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 and T. Wada "The cosmic infrared background experiment (CIBER): instrumentation and first results", Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77351W (July 15, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.857483;
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