The SETI Institute is a private, nonprofit organization located in Mountain View, California between Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Founded in 1984, the SETI Institute has been working to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe. Dedicated to scientific research, education and public outreach, the SETI Institute employes over 150 scientists, educators and support staff.
What type of work is done at the SETI Institute?
The Institute is comprised of 3 centers, the Center for SETI Research led by Dr. Jill Tarter, the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe led by Dr. David Morrison and the Center for Education and Public Outreach led by Edna DeVore. Research at the Center for SETI Research utilizes the Allen Telescope Array (pictured to the left) near Mt. Shasta, California to listen for any signs of intelligent life in the universe. Research and development efforts at the Center for SETI Research include the development of new signal processing algorithms, new search technology, and new SETI search strategies that are then incorporated into specific observing projects. The algorithms and technology developed in the lab are first field-tested and then implemented during observing. The observing results are used to guide the development of new hardware, software, and observing facilities. The improved SETI observing projects in turn provide new ideas for research and development. This cycle leads to continuing progress and diversification in our ability to search for extraterrestrial signals. The Carl Sagan center brings together leading researchers in astrobiology, the study of life in the universe. Astrobiology uses modern science to seek answers to the age-old questions: Where did we come from? Are We Alone?
Research Posters from Previous STAR Fellows:
- Electric Currents Due to Stress-Activated Positive Hole Charge Carriers in Ice (2012)
- Exploration of Charge Carriers in Obsidian (2012)
- Exploring Methods for Earthquake Prediction: The Effects of Water on the Flow of Stress-Activated Electric Currents in Igneous Rocks (2011)
- Radar Reflectivity Experiment: Measurements for Volcano and Earthquake Monitoring (2010)
- Radar Reflectivity Experiment: Infrared Measurements (2010
- An Energy Source for Deep Microbial Communities (2009)
Additional information about the SETI Institute (see links below):
- Research at the SETI Institute
- SETI Institute: News and Events
- SETI Institute Scientists
- Resources for Educators and Students