The cosmic infrared background experiment (CIBER): The wide-field imagers

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

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We have developed and characterized an imaging instrument to measure the spatial properties of the diffuse near-infrared extragalactic background light (EBL) in a search for fluctuations from z > 6 galaxies during the epoch of reionization. The instrument is part of the Cosmic Infrared Background Experiment (CIBER), designed to observe the EBL above Earth's atmosphere during a suborbital sounding rocket flight. The imaging instrument incorporates a 2° × 2°field of view to measure fluctuations over the predicted peak of the spatial power spectrum at 10 arcmin, and 7″ × 7″ pixels, to remove lower redshift galaxies to a depth sufficient to reduce the low-redshift galaxy clustering foreground below instrumental sensitivity. The imaging instrument employs two cameras with Δλ/λ ∼ 0.5 bandpasses centered at 1.1 μm and 1.6 μm to spectrally discriminate reionization extragalactic background fluctuations from local foreground fluctuations. CIBER operates at wavelengths where the electromagnetic spectrum of the reionization extragalactic background is thought to peak, and complements fluctuation measurements by AKARI and Spitzer at longer wavelengths. We have characterized the instrument in the laboratory, including measurements of the sensitivity, flat-field response, stray light performance, and noise properties. Several modifications were made to the instrument following a first flight in 2009 February. The instrument performed to specifications in three subsequent flights, and the scientific data are now being analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number32
JournalAstrophysical Journal, Supplement Series
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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