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Microwave & Optical Observing Project

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Project Goal: To continue the search for microwave (and millimeter wave) signals of extraterrestrial intelligent origin and to extend the search into the infrared and visible spectrums.

 

Project Objectives:

1. To use existing large ground-based optical telescopes to carry out a Targeted Search of about 800 nearby solar-type stars with spectral resolution (100 kHz) and sensitivity (1016 m2/W). For selected laser wavelength bands corresponding to atmospheric windows in the visible and infrared wavelength range (350 nm to 11,000 nm).
   
2. To use existing large ground-based optical telescopes to carry out a Targeted Search of about 800 nearby solar-type stars with spectral resolution (100 kHz) and sensitivity (1014 m2/W). For wavelength bands corresponding to atmospheric windows in the visible and infrared wavelength range (350 nm to 11,000 nm).
 

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3. To use existing large ground-based optical telescopes to carry out a Targeted Search of about 1 million nearby solar-type stars with spectral resolution (100 kHz) and sensitivity (1016 m2/W). For selected laser wavelength bands corresponding to atmospheric windows in the visible and infrared wavelength range (350 nm to 11,000 nm).
   
4. To solicit the help of dedicated groups of amateur astronomers to conduct with their ground-based optical telescopes a Targeted Search of about 800 nearby solar-type stars with spectral resolution (<1 nm) and sensitivity (1010 m2/W). For selected wavelength bands in the visible and infrared wavelength range (350 nm to 11,000 nm).

 

Duration: 2000 - 2010.

 

Cost: $20 million for starters. Assumes use of existing large ground-based telescopes, and the cost of modifying the telescopes for adaptive reception and Optical SETI.

 


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