Low-resolution spectrum of the zodiacal light with the AKARI InfraRed camera

Kohji Tsumura, Toshio Matsumoto, Shuji Matsuura, Jeonghyun Pyo, Itsuki Sakon, Takehiko Wada

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We present near- and mid-infrared zodiacal light spectra obtained with the AKARI Infra-Red Camera (IRC). A catalog of 278 spectra of the diffuse sky covering a wide range of Galactic and ecliptic latitudes was constructed. The wavelength range of this catalog is 1.8-5.3μm with a wavelength resolution of λ/δλ∼ 20. Advanced reduction methods specialized for the slit spectroscopy of diffuse sky spectra have been developed for constructing the spectral catalog. Based on a comparison analysis of spectra collected in different seasons and ecliptic latitudes, we confirmed that the spectral shape of the scattered component and the thermal emission component of the zodiacal light in our wavelength range does not show any dependence on location and time, but the relative brightness between them varies with location. We also confirmed that the color temperature of the zodiacal emission at 3-5μm is 300?10K at any ecliptic latitude. This emission is expected to originate from sub-micron dust particles in interplanetary space.

Original languageEnglish
Article number119
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Japan
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec 5


  • Catalogs
  • Infrared: solar system
  • Interplanetary medium
  • Methods: data analysis
  • Solar system: general

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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