SPICA Mid-Infrared Instrument

Science & Instrument


SPICA/SMI (SPICA Mid-Infrared Instrument) is an extremely sensitive spectrometer
and imager working at wavelengths of 12–36 μm. The wavelength range is covered by three spectrometers (LR, MR, and HR) and one imager (CAM). At the mid-infrared wavelengths, various atomic, molecular, and dust emissions are observed. SMI will uncover the evolution of galaxies and planetary systems through the study of these emissions from the interstellar matter. SMI will be developed by the SMI consortium composed mainly of Japanese universities and the ISAS/JAXA.