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Is there RFI in pulsed optical SETI?

Howard, Andrew and Horowitz, Paul (2001) Is there RFI in pulsed optical SETI? In: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the Optical Spectrum III. Proceedings of SPIE. No.4273. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, pp. 153-160. ISBN 9780819439512.

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In the 40 year history of SETI, radio frequency interference (RFI) has proven to be the dominant background in microwave searches. As the SETI community broadens its electromagnetic scope and searches for optical beacons, it must characterize and identify backgrounds for pulsed optical SETI. We must ask the question: What is the ``RFI'' for pulsed optical SETI? This paper seeks to answer the question by examining the astrophysical, atmospheric, terrestrial, and instrumental sources of optical pulses of nanosecond timescale. Potential astrophysical/atmospheric sources include airglow and scattered zodiacal light, stellar photon pileup, muon events, and cosmic-ray induced Cerenkov flashes. Terrestrial sources, including lightning and laser communications, appear negligible. Instrumental backgrounds such as scintillation in detector optics and corona breakdown have been the dominant background in our experiments to date, and present significant design challenges for future optical SETI researchers.

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Additional Information:© 2001 SPIE. We would like thank The Planetary Society for their enlightened, generous, and continued support of our optical SETI efforts. We are also grateful to the Bosack-Kruger Charatible Foundation and the SETI Institute for their enduring support.
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Subject Keywords:Optical SETI, interstellar communication, radio frequency interference (RFI), high-speed astrophysics
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Issue or Number:4273
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Official Citation:Andrew B. Howard ; Paul Horowitz; Is there RFI in pulsed optical SETI?. Proc. SPIE 4273, The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the Optical Spectrum III, 153 (August 3, 2001); doi:10.1117/12.435369
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