The cosmic infrared background experiment (CIBER): Instrumentation and first results

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. Suzuki, K. Tsumura, T. Wada

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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 ∼ 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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
EditionPART 1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2010 Jun 272010 Jul 2

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
NumberPART 1
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • anisotropy
  • astronomy
  • backgrounds
  • imaging
  • infrared
  • space optics
  • spectrometers
  • telescopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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