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Paper: The AKARI (ASTRO-F) Mission as a Diagnostic Tool of Galaxy Evolution
Volume: 381, The Second Annual Spitzer Science Center Conference: Infrared Diagnostics of Galaxy Evolution
Page: 507
Authors: Matsuhara, H.; Wada, T.; Matsuura, S.; Nakagawa, T.; Pearson, C.P.; Kawada, M.; Shibai, H.
Abstract: The AKARI (formerly known as ASTRO-F) mission is the first Japanese satellite mission dedicated for large area surveys in the infrared. The 68.5 cm aperture telescope and scientific instruments are cooled to 6K by liquid Helium and mechanical coolers. AKARI will make the most advanced all-sky survey in 6 mid- to far-infrared wavebands. Deep imaging and spectroscopic surveys with pointed observations will also be carried out in 13 wavelength bands from 2-160 μm. AKARI is a perfect complement to Spitzer in respect of its wide sky and wavelength coverage. Unique characteristics of the all-sky survey as well as the planned deep pointing surveys near the ecliptic poles are introduced. AKARI will be a diagnostic tool of the galaxy evolution: for example, finding rare objects through the all-sky survey, studying the fluctuations of the cosmic infrared background, diagnosing the silicate and PAH features in the mid-infrared spectra of the galaxies at various redshifts.
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