Claudio Maccone (INAF): SETI Prospects Worldwide

Seminar | February 6 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Claudio Maccone, International Academy of Astronautics & Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF, Italy)

 Radio Astronomy Lab

The SETI Permanent Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) was created over 50 years ago and is the only worldwide forum for SETI scientists. This talk describes its activities since 2012, when the speaker was elected Chair. In particular:
1) Protection of the central part of the Moon Farside as the only place near Earth still free from man-made radio pollution.
2) Advanced mathematical algorithms to extract weak signals out to noise, like the KLT (Karhunen-Loève Transform) or Principal Axes transformation in the Hilbert space spanned by the input's autocorrelation.
3) "Focal" space mission to the Sun Gravity Focus (550 AU away) to exploit the Sun's huge radio magnification enabling us to "to read the plates" of Civilizations living on Exoplanets.