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Panoramic SETI: on-sky results from prototype telescopes and instrumental design

Maire, Jérôme and Wright, Shelley A. and Werthimer, Dan and Antonio, Franklin P. and Brown, Aaron and Horowitz, Paul and Lee, Ryan and Liu, Wei and Raffanti, Rick and Wiley, James and Cosens, Maren and Heffner, Carolyn M. and Howard, Andrew W. and Stone, Remington P. S. and Treffers, Richard R. (2020) Panoramic SETI: on-sky results from prototype telescopes and instrumental design. In: X-Ray, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy IX. Proceedings of SPIE. No.11454. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 114543C. ISBN 9781510636958.

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The Panoramic SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) experiment (PANOSETI) aims to detect and quantify optical transients from nanosecond to second precision over a large field-of-view (∼4,450 square-degrees). To meet these challenging timing and wide-field requirements, the PANOSETI experiment will use two assemblies of ∼45 telescopes to reject spurious signals by coincidence detection, each one comprising custom-made fast photon-counting hardware combined with (f/1.32) focusing optics. Preliminary on-sky results from pairs of PANOSETI prototype telescopes (100 sq.deg.) are presented in terms of instrument performance and false alarm rates. We found that a separation of >1 km between telescopes surveying the same field-of-view significantly reduces the number of false positives due to nearby sources (e.g., Cherenkov showers) in comparison to a side- by-side configuration of telescopes. Design considerations on the all-sky PANOSETI instrument and expected field-of-views are reported.

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Wright, Shelley A.0000-0003-1034-8054
Cosens, Maren0000-0002-2248-6107
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Additional Information:© 2020 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). We would like to acknowledge the Lick Observatory staff and engineers for the installation of the two PANOSETI telescopes into the Astrograph dome, with a special thanks to Adam Nichols. We would also like to thank the Palomar Observatory staff in their support of our on-site baseline observations. The PANOSETI research and instrumentation program was made possible by the support and interest of Franklin Antonio. We thank the Bloomfield Family Foundation for supporting SETI research at UC San Diego in the CASS Optical and Infrared Laboratory. Harvard SETI was supported by The Planetary Society and The Bosack/Kruger Charitable Foundation. UC Berkeley's SETI efforts involved with PANOSETI are supported by NSF grant 1407804, the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, and the Marilyn and Watson Alberts SETI Chair fund.
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Marilyn and Watson Alberts SETI ChairUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:High-time resolution, transients, Cherenkov shower, Cosmic Rays
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:11454
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Official Citation:Jérôme Maire, Shelley A. Wright, Dan Werthimer, Franklin P. Antonio, Aaron Brown, Paul Horowitz, Ryan Lee, Wei Liu, Rick Raffanti, James Wiley, Maren Cosens, Carolyn M. Heffner, Andrew W. Howard, Remington P. S. Stone, and Richard R. Treffers "Panoramic SETI: on-sky results from prototype telescopes and instrumental design", Proc. SPIE 11454, X-Ray, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy IX, 114543C (13 December 2020);
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