FIREBall

I built FIREBall (Faint Intergalactic Redshifted Emission Balloon) for my dissertation at Columbia University.

 

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FIREBall (Faint Intergalactic Redshifted Emission Balloon) was a balloon borne experiment to measure emission from the intergalactic and circumgalactic medium (IGM & CGM) in the ultraviolet.  The narrow bandpass (~200 angstroms) allowed by the atmosphere is enough to probe three emissions lines (Lyman alpha, OVI, CIV), each at an individual redshift 0.3 < z < 1.0 .  This emission has been predicted by simulations to trace warm, dense gas at the interface between galaxies and the reserve of gas and dark matter out of which the universe has formed.

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