The cosmic infrared background experiment (CIBER): A sounding rocket payload to study the near infrared extragalactic background light

M. Zemcov, T. Arai, J. Battle, J. Bock, A. Cooray, V. Hristov, B. Keating, M. G. Kim, D. H. Lee, L. R. Levenson, P. Mason, T. Matsumoto, S. Matsuura, U. W. Nam, T. Renbarger, I. Sullivan, K. Suzuki, K. Tsumura, T. Wada

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Abstract

The Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment (CIBER) is a suite of four instruments designed to study the near infrared (IR) background light from above the Earth's atmosphere. The instrument package comprises two imaging telescopes designed to characterize spatial anisotropy in the extragalactic IR background caused by cosmological structure during the epoch of reionization, a low resolution spectrometer to measure the absolute spectrum of the extragalactic IR background, and a narrow band spectrometer optimized to measure the absolute brightness of the zodiacal light foreground. In this paper we describe the design and characterization of the CIBER payload. The detailed mechanical, cryogenic, and electrical design of the system are presented, including all system components common to the four instruments. We present the methods and equipment used to characterize the instruments before and after flight, and give a detailed description of CIBER's flight profile and configurations. CIBER is designed to be recoverable and has flown four times, with modifications to the payload having been informed by analysis of the first flight data. All four instruments performed to specifications during the subsequent flights, and the scientific data from these flights are currently being analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number31
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Volume207
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug

Keywords

  • dark ages, reionization, first stars
  • diffuse radiation
  • infrared: diffuse background
  • instrumentation: spectrographs
  • space vehicles: instruments
  • zodiacal dust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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