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An economic rationale for extraterrestrials using lasers for SETI
Author(s): Monte Ross
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Paper Abstract

In every society throughout history key decisions have been based on economics. Constrained by the technology of their day, each society always have more demands on its wealth than it can readily dispense. There are always competing recipients of the same limited funds (i.e., new post office building or another C-17 transport). This paper shows why the laser is a far more economic choice than RF or microwaves for transmission over many light years. This is based on antenna gain considerations, 'habitable regions' near a star, and knowledge of the star types that can sustain intelligent life.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 1993
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1867, The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the Optical Spectrum, (6 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.150116
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Monte Ross, Laser Data Technology, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1867:
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the Optical Spectrum
Stuart A. Kingsley, Editor(s)

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