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Fundamental factors affecting the optimum frequency range for SETI
Author(s): Bernard M. Oliver
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Paper Abstract

There is little doubt that confirmation of the existence of extraterrestrial intelligent life will be obtained from electromagnetic waves generated by our counterparts. The best frequency regions in which to expect such signals depends upon the free-space loss, the background noise, the spectral purity obtainable, and the power required as a function of frequency. This paper will discuss the rationale that led to the selection of the microwave window for the NASA SETI Program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 1993
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1867, The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the Optical Spectrum, (6 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.150128
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Bernard M. Oliver, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (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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