Ask Dr. SETI ®
My interest in SETI is very narrow. I am interested in how a signal from an intelligent source could be recognized. What sort of characteristics would one look for? I am particularly interested in any examples of theoretical signals that would certainly be generated by an intelligence.
I am not interested in how to filter out the noise and other known, naturally generated signals. I am only interested in how to identify an intelligent signal from what's left after the other stuff is filtered out. I would like some objective standards.
I would be grateful if you could direct me to where I could find this information. Thank you for any help you can give.
The Doctor Responds:
Of course, we could be all wrong about this. SETI may well stumble across an extremely narrow-band source of natural radiation. Wouldn't the discovery of a previously unknown astrophysical phenomenon be almost as exciting as a valid SETI hit?
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