Exoplanets and SETI

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Abstract

The discovery of exoplanets has both focused and expanded the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The consideration of Earth as an exoplanet, the knowledge of the orbital parameters of individual exoplanets, and our new understanding of the prevalence of exoplanets throughout the galaxy have all altered the search strategies of communication SETI efforts, by inspiring new "Schelling points" (i.e., optimal search strategies for beacons). Future efforts to characterize individual planets photometrically and spectroscopically, with imaging and via transit, will also allow for searches for a variety of technosignatures on their surfaces, in their atmospheres, and in orbit around them. In the near term, searches for new planetary systems might even turn up free-floating megastructures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Exoplanets
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages3405-3412
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783319553337
ISBN (Print)9783319553320
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 3 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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    Wright, J. T. (2018). Exoplanets and SETI. In Handbook of Exoplanets (pp. 3405-3412). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-55333-7_186