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ECAP Seminar: Jamie Holder

October 26, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Space Lasers and Aliens: Searching for optical transients with Gamma-ray Light Buckets

Imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes (IACTs) are among the largest and fastest optical telescopes in the world, ideally suited to searching for nanosecond-timescale optical transients. These could be astrophysical in nature, or even associated with signals transmitted by extra-terrestrial civilizations. I will describe the methods used to extract such signals from data recorded by the VERITAS telescopes. A definitive test of these techniques is provided by measurement of a LIDAR on board the CALIPSO satellite, which also holds promise as a unique calibration device for IACTs. I will also discuss the potential of the converse approach – using telescopes designed for SETI to do gamma-ray astronomy.


October 26, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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ECAP Laboratory, 00.061
Nikolaus-Fiebiger-Str. 2
Erlangen, 91058 Germany
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