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Diffuse Infrared Radiation and the IRTS

First Circular

The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), Sagamihara, Japan
November 11, 12, 13, and 14, 1996
Science Organizing Committee (SOC)
H. Okuda (chair), T. Matsumoto, H. Murakami (Japan) C.A. Beichman, M. Harwit, M.G. Hauser, A.E. Lange, T.L. Roellig (U.S.A.) J.L. Puget (France) R. Genzel (Germany) E.F. van Dishoeck(The Netherlands)

Scope of the Symposium

The first Japanese space infrared mission called IRTS (Infrared Telescope in Space) was successfully launched on March 18th, 1995. It carried four focal plane instruments (NIRS:Near Infrared Spectrometer, MIRS:Mid-Infrared Spectrometer, FILM:Far Infrared Line Mapper, FIRP:Far Infrared Photometer) which, during its 40 days mission, collected valuable data on the zodiacal light, stars, interstellar dust and gas, infrared background radiation etc. The main purpose of this Symposium is to present the results of the IRTS mission to the world wide community of the astronomers and astrophysicists, and to achieve comprehensive understandings on the diffuse infrared radiation. The Symposium is also concerned with current and future space infrared missions. We plan the presentation of early results of the ISO mission, as well as the discussion on future missions after the IRTS and ISO.

Topics to be discussed are summarized below.

The preliminary program based on the comments by SOC members is shown below. Main parts of the Symposium talks are already occupied by invited talks. We also welcome some contributed papers. However, due to the tight schedule, only some contributed oral talks are possible and most of the contributed papers will be presented as posters.

Contact Address

Scientists who are interested in this Symposium are asked to fill the inquiry sheet below and send it back to the e-mail address by June 15, 1996.
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Information on this Symposium can be seen on the following Web site :
Local Organizing Committee (LOC)
T. Matsumoto(chair), H. Matsuhara, H. Murakami, T. Nakagawa, T. Onaka, H. Shibai, T. Tanabe
Contact address
E-mail address of the LOC : irts_symp @
Chair person of the LOC : T. Matsumoto
Institute of Space and Astronautical Science
Yoshinodai 3-1-1, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan 229
TEL : 81-427-51-3911 ext.2638
FAX : 81-427-59-4253
E-mail : matsumo @

Inquiry Sheet

Preliminary Program

ISAS Infrared Astronomy Group Home Page

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