EAS Publications Series
Volume 2, 2002GAIA: A European Space Project
|Page(s)||321 - 326|
|Section||Section VI: Outside our Galaxy|
|Published online||25 September 2002|
O. Bienaymé and C. Turon (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 2 (2002) 321-326
Multi-Colour Photometry with GAIA of the Diffuse Sky Background
Copenhagen University Observatory,
Juliane Maries Vej 30, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
2 Observatory, P.O. Box 14, Taehtitorninmaki, University of Helsinki, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
The report discusses the possible multi-colour photometry of the diffuse sky surface with the Astro and Spectro telescopes of GAIA. The ordinary photometry of faint stars will give good results of the background for at least 500 million spots on the sky. Measurement from about 100 of these spots in a small area could be averaged to obtain a precision of about 0.5 S10 of GAIA medium-band photometry in each of the 5 million areas. It is concluded that GAIA medium-band photometry is suited to tackle a whole range of astrophysically interesting diffuse sky components. After modelling and subtracting the time-variable Zodiacal Light, GAIA could provide multi-wavelength all sky maps of the low galactic latitude Diffuse Galactic Light and the high latitude Galactic Cirrus Clouds. Possibly also the Extragalactic Background Light could be detected.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2002
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