The infrared astronomical mission AKARI

Hiroshi Murakami, Hajime Baba, Peter Barthel, David L. Clements, Martin Cohen, Yasuo Doi, Keigo Enya, Elysandra Figueredo, Naofumi Fujishiro, Hideaki Fujiwara, Mikio Fujiwara, Pedro Garcia-Lario, Tomotsugu Goto, Sunao Hasegawa, Yasunori Hibi, Takanori Hirao, Norihisa Hiromoto, Seung Soo Hong, Koji Imai, Miho IshigakiMasateru Ishiguro, Daisuke Ishihara, Yoshifusa Ita, Woong Seob Jeong, Kyung Sook Jeong, Hidehiro Kaneda, Hirokazu Kataza, Mitsunobu Kawada, Toshihide Kawai, Akiko Kawamura, Martin F. Kessler, Do Kester, Tsuneo Kii, Dong Chan Kim, Woojung Kim, Hisato Kobayashi, Bon Chul Koo, Suk Minn Kwon, Hyung Mok Lee, Rosario Lorente, Sin'itirou Makiuti, Hideo Matsuhara, Toshio Matsumoto, Hiroshi Matsuo, Shuji Matsuura, Thomas G. Müller, Noriko Murakami, Hirohisa Nagata, Takao Nakagawa, Takahiro Naoi, Masanao Narita, Manabu Noda, Sang Hoon Oh, Akira Ohnishi, Youichi Ohyama, Yoko Okada, Haruyuki Okuda, Sebastian Oliver, Takashi Onaka, Takafumi Ootsubo, Shinki Oyabu, Soojong Pak, Yong Sun Park, Chris P. Pearson, Michael Rowan-Robinson, Toshinobu Saito, Itsuki Sakon, Alberto Salama, Shinji Sato, Richard S. Savage, Stephen Serjeant, Hiroshi Shibai, Mai Shirahata, Jungjoo Sohn, Toyoaki Suzuki, Toshinobu Takagi, Hidenori Takahashi, Toshihiko Tanabé, Tsutomu T. Takeuchi, Satoshi Takita, Matthew Thomson, Kazunori Uemizu, Munetaka Ueno, Fumihiko Usui, Eva Verdugo, Takehiko Wada, Lingyu Wang, Toyoki Watabe, Hidenori Watarai, Glenn J. White, Issei Yamamura, Chisato Yamauchi, Akiko Yasuda

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Abstract

AKARI, the first Japanese satellite dedicated to infrared astronomy, was launched on 2006 February 21, and started observations in May of the same year. AKARI has a 68.5 cm cooled telescope, together with two focal-plane instruments, which survey the sky in six wavelength bands from mid- to far-infrared. The instruments also have a capability for imaging and spectroscopy in the wavelength range 2-180 μm in the pointed observation mode, occasionally inserted into a continuous survey operation. The in-orbit cryogen lifetime is expected to be one and a half years. The All-Sky Survey will cover more than 90% of the whole sky with a higher spatial resolution and a wider wavelength coverage than that of the previous IRAS all-sky survey. Point-source catalogues of the All-Sky Survey will be released to the astronomical community. Pointed observations will be used for deep surveys of selected sky areas and systematic observations of important astronomical targets. These will become an additional future heritage of this mission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S369-S376
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Japan
Volume59
Issue numberSPEC. ISS. 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Infrared: general
  • Space vehicles: instruments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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