SETI in the Spatio-Temporal Survey Domain

SETI in the Spatio-Temporal Survey Domain

A short lunch talk I gave to the DIRAC Institute at the University of Washington's Department of Astronomy. Here I discuss the paper I recently submitted to the Astronomical Journal (AJ) on using modern wide field, time domain surveys to carry out a new generation of SETI or "Technosignature" work.

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James Davenport

September 30, 2019
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    SETI in the Spatio-Temporal Survey Domain James R. A. Davenport

    (UW) jradavenport arxiv.org/abs/1907.04443
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    2 jradavenport arxiv.org/abs/1907.04443 #1. Optical Surveys can do SETI TESS

    LSST Soap Box: We need more literature on possible ideas/signals
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    3 jradavenport arxiv.org/abs/1907.04443 #1. Optical Surveys can do SETI TESS

    LSST Opportunity: Search Algorithms are Portable & Extensible!
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    4 jradavenport arxiv.org/abs/1907.04443 #2. Surveys might be Good at SETI

    As with all astrophysics: surveys can dominate if you frame your science question the right way
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    Needle in an N-Dimensional Haystack e.g. see Wright, Kanodia, &

    Lubar (2018) integration time area sensitivity transmitter strength distance signal cadence/time polarization modulation bandwidth 5 jradavenport arxiv.org/abs/1907.04443
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    jradavenport 6 Typical Radio SETI e.g. see Wright, Kanodia, &

    Lubar (2018) “Haystack” Volume arxiv.org/abs/1907.04443 Needle in an N-Dimensional Haystack
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    jradavenport 7 arxiv.org/abs/1907.04443 Needle in an N-Dimensional Haystack Traditional Radio

    SETI Optical Survey SETI e.g. see Wright, Kanodia, & Lubar (2018)
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    8 jradavenport arxiv.org/abs/1907.04443 #3. Trivial Example(s) What kinds of signals

    are we considering? Examples utilizing both the spatial and temporal domains https://arxiv.org/abs/1812.08681
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    11 Simulated VASCO Data Time Flux Time (decades) Flux e.g.

    Villarroel et al. (2016) jradavenport VASCO:
 Vanishing & Appearing Sources over a Century of Observations *this team interested in ZTF forced phot for validation!
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    12 jradavenport Transits - an energy efficient beacon? orbital phase

    residual L. Arnold (2005) Weird transit shapes from artificial objects Coordinated in time, Porb, or space?
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    14 jradavenport arxiv.org/abs/1907.04443 #3. Trivial Example(s) Clusters of Similarity e.g.

    spatial clustering of exoplanet transit periods Could be any clustering! arbitrary distribution function
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    15 jradavenport arxiv.org/abs/1907.04443 #3. Trivial Example(s) Recipe 1. Large sample

    of exoplanet properties 2. K-nearest clustering 3. Search for outliers
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    19 jradavenport Phase Phase Fibonacci: Wrong Timescale Correct Timescale Repeating,

    non-periodic patterns Flux https://github.com/TheAstroFactory/SDM
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    20 jradavenport Timescale Pattern Start Time Repeating, non-periodic patterns IT

    WORKS! But, it’s slow (obv) https://github.com/TheAstroFactory/SDM
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    22 jradavenport arxiv.org/abs/1907.04443 #4. Future Directions #3. Trivial Example(s) #2.

    Surveys might be Good at SETI #1. Optical Surveys can do SETI