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Message 1335017 - Posted: 6 Feb 2013, 0:49:47 UTC

Hi all,

We've just finished up the first paper resulting from our observations of the Kepler field with the GBT. Preprint available at http://seti.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/kepler_seti_I_siemion_et_al_preprint.pdf

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Message 1335020 - Posted: 6 Feb 2013, 1:01:03 UTC - in response to Message 1335017.

http://seti.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/kepler_seti_I_siemion_et_al_preprint.pdf


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Good work!


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Message 1335022 - Posted: 6 Feb 2013, 1:08:52 UTC
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OK... A few glib questions:


At a transmission power of x8 the power of Arecibo... Isn't that a little insensitive?...

Would we detect a present day "Earth" around a Kepler found planet? Even for picking up planetary or military radar (if the radar frequencies were covered) ?

So, only intended to pick up intentional transmit beacons?

Is the sensitivity limited by the equipment or by background cosmic noise?...


And... Even though no artificial looking signals were found other than terrestrial interference, fantastic work for the targeted search! Roll on the follow-up with the SKA ;-)

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Message 1335096 - Posted: 6 Feb 2013, 6:56:49 UTC

Re: sensitivity, we have to work with what we have! However, distributing these data to SETI@Home volunteers (coming soon!) will improve our sensitivity by a factor of between ~few - 10, depending on how the work units are structured. Arecibo is about as bright as Earth transmitters get, and it's just out of reach for most of the systems we targeted. For more nearby systems, an exo-Arecibo would be readily detectable. In this experiment, the largest contributor to the total noise in the observing system was the radio receiver noise.

Re: intentional signals, you're correct that the most plausible signal we might expect to receive in an experiment like this is an intentional beacon. It is indeed difficult to imagine that a very advanced civilization would 'leak' huge amounts of energy in the form of narrow band radio signals inadvertently. However, we have to be careful not to over think this too much. Remember, the principal reasons why we search for narrow-band signals are 1. they are obvious indicators of technology and 2. they transit the interstellar medium very readily. These two facts are true regardless of the motivations of the transmitting civilization.

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Message 1335130 - Posted: 6 Feb 2013, 9:18:01 UTC

Thanks for the heads up Andrew.

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Message 1335144 - Posted: 6 Feb 2013, 10:56:23 UTC

Thanks, found it also on: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1302.0845.pdf :)
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Message 1335841 - Posted: 8 Feb 2013, 16:27:30 UTC

UCB put out a nice article describing the paper and some of our plans for the future: http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2013/02/08/intelligent-civilizations-rarer-than-one-in-a-million/

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Message 1337415 - Posted: 12 Feb 2013, 11:21:41 UTC - in response to Message 1335130.

Thanks for the heads up Andrew.


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