Friday, July 26, 2013

1307.6740 (Kohji Tsumura et al.)

Low-Resolution Spectrum of the Extragalactic Background Light with AKARI InfraRed Camera    [PDF]

Kohji Tsumura, Toshio Matsumoto, Shuji Matsuura, Itsuki Sakon, Takehiko Wada
The Extragalactic Background Light (EBL) as an integrated light from outside of our Galaxy includes information of the early universe and the Dark Ages. We analyzed the spectral data of the astrophysical diffuse emission obtained with the low-resolution spectroscopy mode on the AKARI Infra-Red Camera (IRC) in 1.8-5.3 um wavelength region. Although the previous EBL observation in this wavelength region is restricted to the observations by DIRBE and IRTS, this study adds a new independent result with negligible contamination of Galactic stars owing to higher sensitivity for point sources. Other two major foreground components, the zodiacal light (ZL) and the diffuse Galactic light (DGL), were subtracted by taking correlations with ZL brightness estimated by the DIRBE ZL model and with the 100 um dust thermal emission, respectively. The isotropic emission was obtained as EBL, which shows significant excess over integrated light of galaxies at <4 um. The obtained EBL is consistent with the previous measurements by IRTS and DIRBE.
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