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INTERPLANETARY AND INTERSTELLAR OPTICAL COMMUNICATION BETWEEN INTELLIGENT BEINGS: A HISTORICAL APPROACH

  

Guillermo A. Lemarchand

Instituto Argentino de Radioastronmia (CONICET) &

Centro de Estudios Avanzados

Universidad de Buenos Aires

C.C.8 - Sucursal 25, (1425)

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Copyright: Stuart Kingsley

 

Abstract

A review of the different proposals made to establish contact with hypothetical planetary neighbors is done. For almost 100 years (~1822-1921) the dominant paradigm for signaling extraterrestrial beings, were based in the exchange of light beam signals. After the success of wireless transatlantic communications and the discovery of radio signals from the cosmos, the main scientific proposals to contact extraterrestrials were based on radio signals. Nevertheless, the development of lasers and other non-linear optical devices, led to a new set of proposals to use them for interplanetary and interstellar communication means. A review of these proposals and the detection of extraterrestrial technological activities in the optical domain is made. A summary of the requirements needed to explore the astrophysics of shortest timescales is described, in order to develop the nano and sub-nanosecond detectors that could be used to detect interstellar pulsed laser signals.

 

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