What’s the Future of the AllenTelescope Array?

Sunday June 24th, 2012
4:15 pm
Ballroom A

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Jill TarterJill Tarter - Jill directs the SETI Institute’s searches for intelligent life elsewhere, and is the holder of the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI. She is one of the few researchers to have devoted her career to hunting for signs of sentient beings elsewhere, and led Project Phoenix, a decade-long SETI scrutiny of about 750 nearby star systems, using telescopes in Australia, West Virginia and Puerto Rico. She has also been the motive force behind the construction of the Allen Telescope Array, an instrument able to increase both the speed and the spectral search range of the Institute’s hunt for radio signals.  There are few aspects of the modern SETI effort that have not been affected by Jill’s work. Buy Jill Tarter's SETIcon II Interview DVD
Jack WelchJack Welch - Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at UC Berkeley, his specialty areas are formation of stars, dark dust clouds, michelson interferometer array, and Allen telescope array. The ATA is located at the Hat Creek Observatory and is the development of a novel large centimeter wavelength radio telescope. This instrument, a joint project with the SETI Institute in Mountain View, will carry out sensitive studies of the ISM and the distant universe, as well as searches for technological evidence of complex life on other planets.
Gerry Harp - Trained as quantum mechanic, Gerry found the possibilities of using the multiple antennas of the Allen Telescope Array to generate beams on the sky – beams that could be far smaller than any single antenna could produce – remarkably exciting. Lured to the SETI Institute by this instrument’s intriguing possibilities, he’s undertaken many studies on beam formation (for SETI research). These include the Array’s ability to produce “negative” beams – useful for cancelling out, or “rejecting”, signals from such man-made noise makers as telecommunications satellites and the on-site, observatory computers.


John Gertz, SETI Institute Chairman is the president and CEO of Zorro Productions, Inc., which he founded in 1977. He has been responsible for four Zorro motion pictures including Zorro, the Gay Blade (1982), The Mask of Zorro (1998), and The Legend of Zorro (2005), the last two starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta -Jones. Also under his tenure, five different ZORRO TV series have been produced, as well as about twenty ZORRO stage productions.