SETI Institute Projects and Programs (Listed Chronologically)

The Formation and Detection of Biogenic Aromatics in Dense Molecular Clouds around Embedded Protostars

Monday, June 13 2011 - 2:06 pm, PDT
A comprehensive theoretical and experimental study of the reactions and spectroscopy Of PAHs in H2O ices with the goal of understanding the stepwise formation of complex, prebiotic, substituted PAHs in dense cloud material in the environment associated with embedded low-mass young stellar objects.

Detection of Complex, Electromagnetic Markers of Technology

Monday, June 06 2011 - 2:13 pm, PDT
The proposed work seeks to extend the current capabilities of SETI searches for signals indicative of technology in remote locations. This is significant because current searches of this type simply look for carrier signals, the transmissions used to synch receivers with the coded information either on or adjacent to the carrier signal. The carrier signal detections would not necessarily contain any of the information transmitted. As such, a detection of a carrier signal only indicates the presence of technology, but little about the content of the transmission. The proposers seek to expand the SETI search toward the more complex transmissions that are superceding the use of carrier signals on Earth today.

The Allen Telescope Array: Science Operations

Monday, June 06 2011 - 11:09 am, PDT
Intellectual Merit The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) is a pioneering centimeter-wavelength radio telescope that will produce science that cannot be done with any other instrument. The ATA is the first radio telescope designed for commensal observing; it will simultaneously undertake the most comprehensive and sensitive SETI surveys ever done as well as the deepest and largest area continuum and spectroscopic surveys. The science of the ATA is enabled by a wide range of innovative technical developments. The astronomy decadal panel, Astronomy and Astrophysics in the New Millenium, endorsed SETI and recognized the ATA (then, the 1 Hectare Telescope) as an important stepping-stone o the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), its highest ranked "moderate project" in radio astronomy.

Analysis of Phoenix Optical Microscopy Images to Understand Soil Processes on Mars

Wednesday, May 18 2011 - 4:44 pm, PDT
We plan a systematic study of the Phoenix OM images with the objective of better understanding the geology producing these grain morphologies in the northern plains of Mars.

The role of photoevaporation in clearing protoplanetary disks: mapping flows and determining mass flow rates

Sunday, May 01 2011 - 4:06 pm, PDT
protoplanetary disks: mapping flows and determining mass flow rates

Science Processing Support for NASA Discovery Program's Kepler Mission

Thursday, April 21 2011 - 4:14 pm, PDT
We seek to support the operation and evolution of the signal processing chain for the Kepler Mission throughout the entire lifecycle of the mission that ends in November 2013. The proposed work spans the full range of science processing from data collection on the spacecraft to publication of confirmed results.

Science Analysis Support for NASA Discovery Program's Kepler Mission

Thursday, April 21 2011 - 2:19 pm, PDT
This proposal seeks to support the science processing and analysis of the Kepler Mission data

Planetary Protection: Policy Development, Implementation Issues, and Societal Concerns

Wednesday, April 13 2011 - 5:00 pm, PDT
Our work will maintain a focus on planetary protection policies and implementation in the context of scientific exploration in the solar system, and will also examine and communicate about the implications of new and revised PP policy in response to future planned human missions and commercial space activities on the Moon and Mars.

Accurate Insights on Multiple Asteroid Systems: Shape, Bulk Density and Formation

Friday, February 11 2011 - 4:31 pm, PST
We will conduct a robust and consistent observing program to gather detailed information of a large sample of known multiple asteroid systems.

The Role of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Dense Cloud Absorption Features: The Last Major Unanswered Question in Interstellar Ice Spectroscopy

Saturday, January 01 2011 - 10:44 am, PST
This program makes extensive use of three major NASA-funded databases: the Spitzer archive, the 2MASS archive, and the NASA Ames PAH database in order to answer the last major unanswered question in interstellar ice spectroscopy: what role do PAHs play in contributing to unidentified absorption features observed in dense cloud spectra.