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Panoramic optical and near-infrared SETI instrument: optical and structural design concepts

Maire, Jérôme and Wright, Shelley A. and Cosens, Maren and Antonio, Franklin P. and Aronson, Michael L. and Chaim-Weismann, Samuel A. and Drake, Frank D. and Horowitz, Paul and Howard, Andrew W. and Marcy, Geoffrey W. and Raffanti, Rick and Siemion, Andrew P. V. and Stone, Remington P. S. and Treffers, Richard R. and Uttamchandani, Avinash and Werthimer, Dan (2018) Panoramic optical and near-infrared SETI instrument: optical and structural design concepts. In: Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII. Proceedings of SPIE. No.10702. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 107025L. ISBN 9781510619579.

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We propose a novel instrument design to greatly expand the current optical and near-infrared SETI search pa- rameter space by monitoring the entire observable sky during all observable time. This instrument is aimed to search for technosignatures by means of detecting nano- to micro-second light pulses that could have been emitted, for instance, for the purpose of interstellar communications or energy transfer. We present an instru- ment conceptual design based upon an assembly of 198 refracting 0.5-m telescopes tessellating two geodesic domes. This design produces a regular layout of hexagonal collecting apertures that optimizes the instrument footprint, aperture diameter, instrument sensitivity and total field-of-view coverage. We also present the optical performance of some Fresnel lenses envisaged to develop a dedicated panoramic SETI (PANOSETI) observatory that will dramatically increase sky-area searched (pi steradians per dome), wavelength range covered, number of stellar systems observed, interstellar space examined and duration of time monitored with respect to previous optical and near-infrared technosignature finders.

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Wright, Shelley A.0000-0003-1034-8054
Cosens, Maren0000-0002-2248-6107
Howard, Andrew W.0000-0001-8638-0320
Marcy, Geoffrey W.0000-0002-2909-0113
Additional Information:© 2018 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). The PANOSETI research and instrumentation program is made possible by the enthusiastic support and interest by 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 is supported by The Planetary Society. 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. Lastly, we would like to thank the staff at Mt. Laguna and Lick Observatories for their help with equipment testing.
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Bloomfield Family FoundationUNSPECIFIED
The Planetary Society (TPS)UNSPECIFIED
Breakthrough Prize FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Marilyn and Watson Alberts SETI ChairUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:Technosignatures, Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence, All-sky, Geodesic dome, Fresnel lenses
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:10702
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20190103-153504515
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Official Citation:Jérôme Maire, Shelley A. Wright, Maren Cosens, Franklin P. Antonio, Michael L. Aronson, Samuel A. Chaim-Weismann, Frank D. Drake, Paul Horowitz, Andrew W. Howard, Geoffrey W. Marcy, Rick Raffanti, Andrew P. V. Siemion, Remington P. S. Stone, Richard R. Treffers, Avinash Uttamchandani, Dan Werthimer, "Panoramic optical and near-infrared SETI instrument: optical and structural design concepts," Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 107025L (16 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2314444
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Deposited By: George Porter
Deposited On:04 Jan 2019 00:07
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