The Infrared Camera (IRCAM) of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Extreme Universe Space Observatory (EUSO)
The Extreme Universe Space Observatory on the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM-EUSO) of the International Space Station (ISS) is the first space-based mission worldwide in the field of Ultra High-Energy Cosmic Rays (UHECR) and will provide a real breakthrough toward the understanding of the Extreme Universe at the highest energies never detected from Space so far.
JEM-EUSO will pioneer from space the observation of the extensive air showers (EAS) produced by UHECR. The spectrum of scientific goals of the JEM-EUSO space mission includes as exploratory objectives the detection of high-energy gamma rays and cosmic rays, neutrinos, the study of galactic and extragalactic magnetic fields, and tests of relativity and quantum gravity effects at these extreme energies. In parallel, all along the mission, JEM-EUSO will systematically survey atmospheric phenomena over the Earth surface, measurements that are critical for the analysis of the EAS.
A Spanish consortium, leaded by the University of Alcala de Henares, apart from participating in the science of the mission is responsible for the instrument for the measurement of the atmospheric phenomena, the Infrared Camera (IRCAM). Within the IRCAM, the IAC is responsible of the detector, a microbolometer sensible in the range from 7 to 14 microns, its control electronics and all its tests and characterization.
PI: Javier Licandro
Project Manager: Marcos Reyes García-Talavera