A SEARCH for BRIEF OPTICAL FLASHES ASSOCIATED with the SETI TARGET KIC 8462852

A. U. Abeysekara, S. Archambault, A. Archer, W. Benbow, R. Bird, M. Buchovecky, J. H. Buckley, K. Byrum, J. V. Cardenzana, M. Cerruti, X. Chen, J. L. Christiansen, L. Ciupik, W. Cui, H. J. Dickinson, J. D. Eisch, M. Errando, A. Falcone, D. J. Fegan, Q. FengJ. P. Finley, H. Fleischhack, P. Fortin, L. Fortson, A. Furniss, G. H. Gillanders, S. Griffin, J. Grube, G. Gyuk, M. Hütten, N. Hakansson, D. Hanna, J. Holder, T. B. Humensky, C. A. Johnson, P. Kaaret, P. Kar, N. Kelley-Hoskins, M. Kertzman, D. Kieda, M. Krause, F. Krennrich, S. Kumar, M. J. Lang, T. T Y Lin, G. Maier, S. McArthur, A. McCann, K. Meagher, P. Moriarty, R. Mukherjee, D. Nieto, S. O'Brien, A. O Faoláin De Bhróithe, R. A. Ong, A. N. Otte, N. Park, J. S. Perkins, A. Petrashyk, M. Pohl, A. Popkow, E. Pueschel, J. Quinn, K. Ragan, G. Ratliff, P. T. Reynolds, G. T. Richards, E. Roache, M. Santander, G. H. Sembroski, K. Shahinyan, D. Staszak, I. Telezhinsky, J. V. Tucci, J. Tyler, S. Vincent, S. P. Wakely, O. M. Weiner, A. Weinstein, D. A. Williams, B. Zitzer

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Abstract

The F-type star KIC 8462852 has recently been identified as an exceptional target for search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) observations. We describe an analysis methodology for optical SETI, which we have used to analyze nine hours of serendipitous archival observations of KIC→8462852 made with the VERITAS gamma-ray observatory between 2009 and 2015. No evidence of pulsed optical beacons, above a pulse intensity at the Earth of approximately 1 photon m-2, is found. We also discuss the potential use of imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescope arrays in searching for extremely short duration optical transients in general.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL33
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Volume818
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 20 2016

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  • astrobiology
  • extraterrestrial intelligence
  • methods: observational
  • stars: individual (KIC 8462852)
  • techniques: photometric

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Abeysekara, A. U., Archambault, S., Archer, A., Benbow, W., Bird, R., Buchovecky, M., ... Zitzer, B. (2016). A SEARCH for BRIEF OPTICAL FLASHES ASSOCIATED with the SETI TARGET KIC 8462852. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 818(2), [L33]. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8205/818/2/L33

A SEARCH for BRIEF OPTICAL FLASHES ASSOCIATED with the SETI TARGET KIC 8462852. / Abeysekara, A. U.; Archambault, S.; Archer, A.; Benbow, W.; Bird, R.; Buchovecky, M.; Buckley, J. H.; Byrum, K.; Cardenzana, J. V.; Cerruti, M.; Chen, X.; Christiansen, J. L.; Ciupik, L.; Cui, W.; Dickinson, H. J.; Eisch, J. D.; Errando, M.; Falcone, A.; Fegan, D. J.; Feng, Q.; Finley, J. P.; Fleischhack, H.; Fortin, P.; Fortson, L.; Furniss, A.; Gillanders, G. H.; Griffin, S.; Grube, J.; Gyuk, G.; Hütten, M.; Hakansson, N.; Hanna, D.; Holder, J.; Humensky, T. B.; Johnson, C. A.; Kaaret, P.; Kar, P.; Kelley-Hoskins, N.; Kertzman, M.; Kieda, D.; Krause, M.; Krennrich, F.; Kumar, S.; Lang, M. J.; Lin, T. T Y; Maier, G.; McArthur, S.; McCann, A.; Meagher, K.; Moriarty, P.; Mukherjee, R.; Nieto, D.; O'Brien, S.; Bhróithe, A. O Faoláin De; Ong, R. A.; Otte, A. N.; Park, N.; Perkins, J. S.; Petrashyk, A.; Pohl, M.; Popkow, A.; Pueschel, E.; Quinn, J.; Ragan, K.; Ratliff, G.; Reynolds, P. T.; Richards, G. T.; Roache, E.; Santander, M.; Sembroski, G. H.; Shahinyan, K.; Staszak, D.; Telezhinsky, I.; Tucci, J. V.; Tyler, J.; Vincent, S.; Wakely, S. P.; Weiner, O. M.; Weinstein, A.; Williams, D. A.; Zitzer, B.

In: Astrophysical Journal Letters, Vol. 818, No. 2, L33, 20.02.2016.

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Abeysekara, AU, Archambault, S, Archer, A, Benbow, W, Bird, R, Buchovecky, M, Buckley, JH, Byrum, K, Cardenzana, JV, Cerruti, M, Chen, X, Christiansen, JL, Ciupik, L, Cui, W, Dickinson, HJ, Eisch, JD, Errando, M, Falcone, A, Fegan, DJ, Feng, Q, Finley, JP, Fleischhack, H, Fortin, P, Fortson, L, Furniss, A, Gillanders, GH, Griffin, S, Grube, J, Gyuk, G, Hütten, M, Hakansson, N, Hanna, D, Holder, J, Humensky, TB, Johnson, CA, Kaaret, P, Kar, P, Kelley-Hoskins, N, Kertzman, M, Kieda, D, Krause, M, Krennrich, F, Kumar, S, Lang, MJ, Lin, TTY, Maier, G, McArthur, S, McCann, A, Meagher, K, Moriarty, P, Mukherjee, R, Nieto, D, O'Brien, S, Bhróithe, AOFD, Ong, RA, Otte, AN, Park, N, Perkins, JS, Petrashyk, A, Pohl, M, Popkow, A, Pueschel, E, Quinn, J, Ragan, K, Ratliff, G, Reynolds, PT, Richards, GT, Roache, E, Santander, M, Sembroski, GH, Shahinyan, K, Staszak, D, Telezhinsky, I, Tucci, JV, Tyler, J, Vincent, S, Wakely, SP, Weiner, OM, Weinstein, A, Williams, DA & Zitzer, B 2016, 'A SEARCH for BRIEF OPTICAL FLASHES ASSOCIATED with the SETI TARGET KIC 8462852', Astrophysical Journal Letters, vol. 818, no. 2, L33. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8205/818/2/L33
Abeysekara AU, Archambault S, Archer A, Benbow W, Bird R, Buchovecky M et al. A SEARCH for BRIEF OPTICAL FLASHES ASSOCIATED with the SETI TARGET KIC 8462852. Astrophysical Journal Letters. 2016 Feb 20;818(2). L33. https://doi.org/10.3847/2041-8205/818/2/L33
Abeysekara, A. U. ; Archambault, S. ; Archer, A. ; Benbow, W. ; Bird, R. ; Buchovecky, M. ; Buckley, J. H. ; Byrum, K. ; Cardenzana, J. V. ; Cerruti, M. ; Chen, X. ; Christiansen, J. L. ; Ciupik, L. ; Cui, W. ; Dickinson, H. J. ; Eisch, J. D. ; Errando, M. ; Falcone, A. ; Fegan, D. J. ; Feng, Q. ; Finley, J. P. ; Fleischhack, H. ; Fortin, P. ; Fortson, L. ; Furniss, A. ; Gillanders, G. H. ; Griffin, S. ; Grube, J. ; Gyuk, G. ; Hütten, M. ; Hakansson, N. ; Hanna, D. ; Holder, J. ; Humensky, T. B. ; Johnson, C. A. ; Kaaret, P. ; Kar, P. ; Kelley-Hoskins, N. ; Kertzman, M. ; Kieda, D. ; Krause, M. ; Krennrich, F. ; Kumar, S. ; Lang, M. J. ; Lin, T. T Y ; Maier, G. ; McArthur, S. ; McCann, A. ; Meagher, K. ; Moriarty, P. ; Mukherjee, R. ; Nieto, D. ; O'Brien, S. ; Bhróithe, A. O Faoláin De ; Ong, R. A. ; Otte, A. N. ; Park, N. ; Perkins, J. S. ; Petrashyk, A. ; Pohl, M. ; Popkow, A. ; Pueschel, E. ; Quinn, J. ; Ragan, K. ; Ratliff, G. ; Reynolds, P. T. ; Richards, G. T. ; Roache, E. ; Santander, M. ; Sembroski, G. H. ; Shahinyan, K. ; Staszak, D. ; Telezhinsky, I. ; Tucci, J. V. ; Tyler, J. ; Vincent, S. ; Wakely, S. P. ; Weiner, O. M. ; Weinstein, A. ; Williams, D. A. ; Zitzer, B. / A SEARCH for BRIEF OPTICAL FLASHES ASSOCIATED with the SETI TARGET KIC 8462852. In: Astrophysical Journal Letters. 2016 ; Vol. 818, No. 2.
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