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Published February 2017 | Published
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Low-Resolution Near-infrared Stellar Spectra Observed by the Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment (CIBER)


We present near-infrared (0.8–1.8 μm) spectra of 105 bright (m_J < 10) stars observed with the low-resolution spectrometer on the rocket-borne Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment. As our observations are performed above the Earth's atmosphere, our spectra are free from telluric contamination, which makes them a unique resource for near-infrared spectral calibration. Two-Micron All-Sky Survey photometry information is used to identify cross-matched stars after reduction and extraction of the spectra. We identify the spectral types of the observed stars by comparing them with spectral templates from the Infrared Telescope Facility library. All the observed spectra are consistent with late F to M stellar spectral types, and we identify various infrared absorption lines.

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© 2017. The American Astronomical Society. Received 2016 August 22; revised 2016 November 29; accepted 2016 December 10; published 2017 January 25. This work was supported by NASA APRA research grants NNX07AI54G, NNG05WC18G, NNX07AG43G, NNX07AJ24G, and NNX10AE12G. Initial support was provided by an award to J.B. from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Director's Research and Development Fund. Japanese participation in CIBER was supported by KAKENHI (2034, 18204018, 19540250, 21340047, 21111004, and 26800112) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology. Korean participation in CIBER was supported by the Pioneer Project from the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute. M.G.K. acknowledges support from the Global PhD Fellowship Program through the NRF, funded by the Ministry of Education (2011-0007760). H.M.L. and M.G.L. were supported by NRF grant 2012R1A4A1028713. M.Z. and P.K. acknowledge support from NASA postdoctoral program fellowships, and A.C. acknowledges support from NSF CAREER awards AST-0645427 and NSF AST-1313319. We acknowledge the dedicated efforts of the sounding rocket staff at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and White Sands Missile Range and also thank Dr. Allan Smith, Dr. Keith Lykke, and Dr. Steven Brown (NIST) for the laboratory calibration of the LRS. This publication makes use of data products from 2MASS, which is a joint project of the University of Massachusetts and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/California Institute of Technology, funded by NASA and the NSF. This research has made use of the SIMBAD database, operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France, and the SpeX library.

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