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David DeBoer

Research Astronomer, Radio Astronomy Lab


  • 457 Campbell Hall


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Research Interests

My research interests relate to instrumentation to explore the radio Universe.  Currently this relates to building instrumentation for early Universe studies (Epoch of Reionization) and then trying to use them for planetary studies as well.  From my past work on spectrum management, I also use instruments to help characterize the radio frequency environment.  I help manage the undergraduate lab facilities, with access to the new 4.2m radio cm-wave radio telescope.


Breakthrough Listen Initiative

Breakthrough Listen Initiative

Lead: Andrew Siemion

The Breakthrough Listen Initiative, funded by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, is the most powerful, comprehensive and intensive scientific search ever undertaken for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth. The project is using the Green Bank radio telescope in West Virginia and the Parkes Telescope in Australia to search for radio transmissions from advanced civilizations.  In addition, the Automated Planet Finder at Lick Observatory is being used to search for optical laser transmissions from other technological civilizations.

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Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array

331-element HERA core.

The Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) is a focussed experiment to detect and characterize the signature of the Epoch of Reionization by observing highly red-shifted neutral hydrogen

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