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The Breakthrough Listen Search for Intelligent Life: 1.1-1.9 GHz observations of 692 Nearby Stars

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
September 11, 2017
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The Breakthrough Listen Search for Intelligent Life: 1.1-1.9 GHz observations of 692 Nearby Stars
Green Bank Observatory

We report on a search for engineered signals from a sample of 692 nearby stars using the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), undertaken as part of the Breakthrough Listen Initiative search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Observations were made over 1.1−1.9 GHz (L-band), with three sets of 5-minute observations of the 692 primary targets, interspersed with 5-minute observations of secondary targets. By comparing the “ON” and “OFF” observations we are able to identify terrestrial interference and place limits on the presence of engineered signals from putative extraterrestrial civilizations inhabiting the environs of the target stars.

During the analysis, eleven events passed our thresholding algorithm, but detailed analysis of their properties indicates they are consistent with known examples of anthropogenic radio frequency interference. We conclude that, at the time of our observations none of the observed systems host high-duty-cycle radio transmitters emitting between 1.1 to 1.9 GHz with an EIRP of ∼1013 W, which is readily achievable by our own civilization. Our results suggest that fewer than ∼ 0.1% of the stellar systems within 50pc possess the type of transmitters searched in this survey.

J. Emilio Enriquez, Andrew Siemion, Griffin Foster, Vishal Gajjar, Greg Hellbourg, Jack Hickish, Howard Isaacson, Danny C. Price, Steve Croft, David DeBoer, Matt Lebofsky, David MacMahon, Dan Werthimer
(Submitted on 11 Sep 2017)

Comments: AAS Journals, accepted. 13 pages, 7 figures, 4 tables
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as: arXiv:1709.03491 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1709.03491v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Jesus Emilio Enriquez [view email]
[v1] Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:53:04 GMT (706kb,D)

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