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SETI Gravitational Lenses for Interstellar Communication

Larry Klaes ( lklaes@bbn.com )
Mon, 24 May 1999 10:09:19 -0400

>From: "Dr. Rachel Tortolini" <rachel@ilhawaii.net>
>To: <volcor@seti1.setileague.org>
>Subject: Volcor: Anybody Read This Article?
>Date: Sun, 23 May 1999 12:48:20 -1000
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>V.R. Eshleman, "Gravitational Lens of the Sun: Its Potential for
>Observations and Communications Over Interstellar Distances," Science, 205
>(1979): 1133-1135.
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>I ran across this citation in a text on interstellar propulsion. The
>article claims that gravitational lensing by the Sun can be used to amplify
>signals from stars in occultation with it. Has anybody read it? I would
>imagine that there would be too much noise from the Sun requiring a very
>narrow beam widths for this to work. Comments on using this in our search
>strategy?
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