SETI & Technosignatures

NASA and the Search for Technosignatures: A Report from the NASA Technosignatures Workshop

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
December 20, 2018
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NASA and the Search for Technosignatures: A Report from the NASA Technosignatures Workshop

This report is the product of the NASA Technosignatures Workshop held at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, in September 2018. This workshop was convened by NASA for the organization to learn more about the current field and state of the art of searches for technosignatures, and what role NASA might play in these searches in the future. The report, written by the workshop participants, summarizes the material presented at the workshop and incorporates additional inputs from the participants.

Section 1 explains the scope and purpose of the document, provides general background about the search for technosignatures, and gives context for the rest of the report. Section 2 discusses which experiments have occurred, along with current limits on technosignatures. Section 3 addresses the current state of the technosignature field as well as the state-of-the-art for technosignature detection. Section 4 addresses near-term searches for technosignatures, and Section 5 discusses emerging and future opportunities in technosignature detection.

NASA Technosignatures Workshop Participants
(Submitted on 20 Dec 2018)

Comments: Edited by Dawn Gelino (NExScI) and Jason Wright (PSU); Chapter Leads: Natalie Batalha (UCSC), Svetlana Berdyugina (KIS/PLANETS), Emilio Enriquez (UCB), Shubham Kanodia (PSU), Andrew Siemion (UCB), Jason Wright (PSU), Shelley Wright (UCSD)
Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Popular Physics (physics.pop-ph)
Cite as: arXiv:1812.08681 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1812.08681v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
Submission history
From: Dawn Gelino
[v1] Thu, 20 Dec 2018 16:31:39 UTC (8,451 KB)
Astrobiology, SETI

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