Studies of expolanets and solar systems with SPICA

Michihiro Takami, Motohide Tamura, Keigo Enya, Takafumi Ootsubo, Misato Fukagawa, Mitsuhiko Honda, Yoshiko Okamoto, Shigehisa Sako, Takuya Yamashita, Sunao Hasegawa, Hirokazu Kataza, Hideo Matsuhara, Takao Nakagawa, Javier R. Goicoechea, Kate Isaak, Bruce Swinyard

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The SPace Infrared telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics (SPICA) is a proposed mid-to-far infrared (4 s(-) 200 μ m) astronomy mission, scheduled for launch in 2017. A single, 3.5 m aperture telescope would provide superior image quality at 5 s(-) 200 μ m, and its very cold (∼ 5 K) instrumentation would provide superior sensitivity in the 25-200μ m wavelength regimes. This would provide a breakthrough opportunity for studies of exoplanets, protoplanetary and debris disk, and small solar system bodies. This paper summarizes the potential scientific impacts for the proposed instrumentation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1000-1006
Number of pages7
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Asteroids
  • Infrared: solar system
  • Minor planets
  • Planetary systems
  • Planets and satellites: formation
  • Solar system: formation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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