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Searching for ET

When: 4/13/2010
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Sandip Pakvasa from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Hawaii will give a public lecture titled “Galactic Neutrino Communication and SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence).” The public lecture will be given from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Lewis Hall 101 on April 13 the Physics Department at the University of Mississippi. He will discuss some ideas in the use of neutrinos in communication across the galaxy by advanced civilizations and how we may intercept these signals and discern their presence. He will also discuss a proposal to employ neutrinos to modulate the periods of Cepheid variable stars and use them as beacons as a sort of a galactic semaphore. Previous schemes for detecting ETI have involved electromagnetic radiation while we propose alternatives. The philosophy of searching here is to employ any and all possible methods to search for ETI communication and in particular the ones we suggest require only the examination of already existing data or data soon to be forthcoming.

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