was launched on February 21, 2006 with the objective to
carry out all sky surveys at mid- and far-infrared
wavelengths, with additional pointed observations across
this wide range in wavelength. It operated for
approximately 550 days at cryogenic temperatures until
August 26, 2007, after which it continued as a warm
mission in the near infrared until recently.
The first dedicated conference on AKARI's results was held
during 16-19 February, 2009, at the University of Tokyo,
Japan. Since then, a large number of papers have been
published in special issues of The Publications of The
Astronomical Society of Japan, Astronomy and
Astrophysics, and other major journals. It is now time to
bring researchers working on the data obtained by AKARI
together again in order to discuss the scientific output
and future research direction.
AKARI made an all sky survey at six wavelengths between 9
and 160 microns, with the point source catalogues now open
to the international community. These catalogues will
serve as invaluable assets to astronomers working on
various fields and facilities. Other wide area surveys
with AKARI include
the North Ecliptic Pole Survey and the South Pole Survey.
AKARI’s legacy datasets will provide research
opportunities in areas such as the interstellar medium,
evolved stars, nearby galaxies and the distant Universe.
All astrophysical areas that utilize the AKARI data will
be covered by this conference. Any researchers working on
related subjects are encouraged to attend the conference,
regardless of any previous experience using AKARI data.
The tentative list of the topics include;
1. Solar System Objects
2. Stars and Circumstellar Matter
3. Star Formation and the Interstellar Medium
4. Nearby Galaxies and Clusters of Galaxies
5. Distant Universe
The original plan to hold the second AKARI conference was
outlined during the first conference in 2009. The
attendants agreed to have the second meeting in late 2010
either in Nagoya or in Korea. However, it has been
significantly delayed due to many reasons including the
eastern Japan. Although the situation in Japan is getting
back to normal, we have decided to hold the the second
conference in Korea.
We have chosen Jeju Island as the meeting place since Jeju
island can be easily reached from many cities in Korea and
nearby countries. It is also relatively close to Japan.
Moreover, Jeju island has an unique landscape since it was
formed by a series of volcanic activity and is located off
south coast of Korea where the climate is very mild. In
the beautiful setting of Jeju, the meeting will take place
in a relaxed atmosphere. All participants are encouraged
to stay one or a few more days before or after the meeting
in order to explore this unique part of Korea.
This meeting is jointly organised by Seoul National
University and Nagoya University.
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