SETI Tutorials and References

Learn how the SETI Institute, and now you, can use the tools of twenty-first century radio astronomy to search for evidence of someone else's technology.

Radio Astronomy Basics

Signal Processing and SETI

System Development

Additional Tutorials to Come


Signal Processing Books

“Advanced Theory of Signal Detection: Weak Signal Detection in Generalized Observations (Signals and Communication Technology) “
I. Song, J. Bae, S.Y. Kim
Springer Berlin Heidelberg (February 19, 2010)

“Tools of Radio Astronomy”
T. Wilson, K. Rohlfs, S. Hüttemeister
Springer; 5th ed. edition (February 13, 2009)

Recommendations from ncc1701zzz

“Signals and Systems”
 A. Oppenheim and A. Willsky
Prentice Hall; 2 edition (August 16, 1996)

“Discrete-time Signal Processing”
A. Oppenheim  and R. Schafer
Prentice Hall; 3 edition (August 28, 2009)

“Digital Signal Processing”
 J. Proakis and D. Manolakis 
Prentice Hall; 4 edition (April 7, 2006)

“Digital Communications: Fundamentals and Applications”
B. Sklar 
Prentice Hall; 2 edition (January 21, 2001)

“Digital Communications”
 J. Proakis and M. Salehi
McGraw Hill Higher Education; 5th edition (January 1, 2008)

Signal Processing Noise (Electrical Engineering & Applied Signal Processing Series)
V. Tuzlukov
CRC Press; 1 edition (April 29, 2002)

”Signal Analysis: Wavelets, Filter Banks, Time-Frequency Transforms and Applications”
A. Mertins
Wiley; Revised edition (February 24, 1999)

” Principles of Random Signal Analysis and Low Noise Design: The Power Spectral Density and its Applications”
R. Howard
Wiley-IEEE Press (August 8, 2002)

Signal Analysis: Time, Frequency, Scale, and Structure
R. Allen and D. Mills
Wiley-IEEE Press (January 2, 2004)

Recommendation from dgmesser

"Mathematical Methods and Algorithms for Signal Processing"
T. Moon and W. Stirling
Prentice Hall (August 14, 1999)

Recommendation from af6kd

"Understanding DSP”
R. Lyons
Prentice Hall; 2 edition (March 25, 2004)


Online SETI References

NASA SETI Publications

Project Cyclops (1971) CR 114445
A Design Study of a System for Detecting Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life
Although written nearly four decades ago, much of the report is still relevant.  
See chapters 1 – 6 and appendices: C, D, E
The entire report is a 14 MB PDF

SETI (1975) SP-419
Workshops chaired by Philip Morrison
Discussion of search strategies and techniques for the NASA SETI Program.
The entire report is online as html pages.

Life in the Universe (1979) CP-2156
An interdisciplinary conference covering topics ranging from the origin of life to the detectability of technological civilizations (see Part 5)
The entire report is available online as html pages.

SETI Science Working Group Report (1984) TP-2244
Report of the advisory group to the NASA SETI Program
Chapters 1 and 2 have good general background information.  Appendix C has some basic information on signal detection.  The entire report is available as a PDF

Overview Article on SETI
by Jill Tarter in Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics (2001)

General SETI Information on the Web

David Darling’s Encyclopedia of Science: SETI

Wikipedia: SETI