The detection of laser radiation originating from space is a positive indicator of Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (ETI).Thus far, the optical search for ETI (OSETI) has looked for enhanced brightness in the form of either narrow-band spectral emission or time correlated photons from laser pulses. In this paper, it is proposed to look for coherence properties of incoming light in a manner that can distinguish against atomic emission lines. The use of photonsensitive detectors and a modulating asymmetric interferometer has been modeled. The results suggest that the sensitivity of detection for continuous laser sources would be better than current spectroscopic approaches, with detection thresholds of <1 photon s−1 m−2 against a background with a spectral bandwidth of 0.1 nm over an observation time of 750 s.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific|
|Publication status||Published - 22 May 2019|
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- Photon counting