Panoramic optical and near-infrared SETI instrument: prototype design and testing

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Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2018

Maren Cosens (a, b), Jérôme Maire (a), Shelley A. Wright (a, b), Franklin Antonio (c), Michael Aronson (d), Samuel A. Chaim-Weismann (e), Frank D. Drake (f), Paul Horowitz (g),Andrew W. Howard (h), Rick Raffanti (i), Andrew P.V. Siemion (e, f, j, k), Remington P.S. Stone (l), Richard R. Treffers (m), Avinash Uttamchandani (n), Dan Werthimer (e, o) ((a) Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences, University of California San Diego, USA, (b) Department of Physics, University of California San Diego, USA, (c) Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, USA, (d) Electronics Packaging Man, San Diego, USA, (e) Department of Astronomy, University of California Berkeley, USA, (f) SETI Institute, Mountain View, USA, (g) Department of Physics, Harvard University, USA, (h) Astronomy Department, California Institute of Technology, USA, (i) Techne Instruments, Oakland, USA, (j) Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands, (k) Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy, University of Malta, (l) University of California Observatories, Lick Observatory, USA, (m) Starman Systems, Alamo, USA, (n) Nonholonomy, LLC, Cambridge, USA, (o) Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California Berkeley, USA)

(Submitted on 17 Aug 2018)

The Pulsed All-sky Near-infrared Optical Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (PANOSETI) is an instrument program that aims to search for fast transient signals (nano-second to seconds) of artificial or astrophysical origin. The PANOSETI instrument objective is to sample the entire observable sky during all observable time at optical and near-infrared wavelengths over 300 - 1650 nm

1. The PANOSETI instrument is designed with a number of modular telescope units using Fresnel lenses (∼0.5m) arranged on two geodesic domes in order to maximize sky coverage

2. We present the prototype design and tests of these modular Fresnel telescope units. This consists of the design of mechanical components such as the lens mounting and module frame. One of the most important goals of the modules is to maintain the characteristics of the Fresnel lens under a variety of operating conditions. We discuss how we account for a range of operating temperatures, humidity, and module orientations in our design in order to minimize undesirable changes to our focal length or angular resolution.

Comments: 12 pages, 8 figures, 1 table

Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)

Journal reference:

Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII (2018)

DOI: 10.1117/12.2314252

Cite as: arXiv:1808.05774 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1808.05774v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)

Submission history

From: Maren Cosens 

[v1] Fri, 17 Aug 2018 06:49:50 GMT (4640kb,D)

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