CIBER is a research rocket designed to characterize near-infrared (IR) background radiation. Data collected from CIBER has an advantage over surface telescopes since it will operate above the Earth's atmosphere.
CIBER has three major componets:
- Imagers: Two imagers are used to detect spatial fluctuations in the near-IR Extragalactic Background Light (EBL) caused by reionization.
- Low-Resolution Spectrometer: This will be used to measure the absolute spectrum of the Extragalactic IR background.
- Narrow-Band Spectrometer: The spectrometer will determine the absolute brightness of the Zodiacal light.
A description of the CIBER's design, methods, and equipment can be found at M. Zemcov et al.