SPICA deep cosmological survey: from AKARI to SPICA

Shirahata, M.; Matsuura, S.; Matsuhara, H.; Takagi, T.; Oyabu, S.; Wada, T.; Nakagawa, T.; Kawada, M.; Takeuchi, T. T.; Hatsukade, B.; Kohno, K.; Pearson, C. P.; Serjeant, S. and White, G. (2009). SPICA deep cosmological survey: from AKARI to SPICA. In: EDP Sciences 04012/1-0412/4.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1051/spica/200904012

URL: http://spica.edpsciences.org/index.php?option=com_...


On the basis of the results of the AKARI far-infrared deep surveys, we propose a multi-wavelength far-infrared deep cosmological survey with SAFARI on SPICA. We have carried out a far-infrared deep cosmological survey with AKARI, and successfully obtained the galaxy counts and new limits on the absolute brightness of the cosmic far-infrared background. These results provide strong constraints on evolutionary scenarios, and suggest the necessity for a new model to explain galaxy evolution. Thanks to the excellent sensitivity and spatial resolution of SPICA/SAFARI, we will be able to resolve the cosmic infrared background into individual objects with 3 times or more higher spatial resolution than that of AKARI, and will also be able to conduct infrared photometry and spectroscopy on those ob jects. The far-infrared deep survey with SPICA/SAFARI will be an ideal opportunity to reveal the origin of the cosmic far-infrared background residual brightness and fluctuations. These observation will allow us to reveal the star formation history in the early Universe without the uncertainty of dust attenuation, which is essential if we are to understand the process of galaxy formation.

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