Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics (INPA) at LBNL

The INPA Seminar weekly talks are on Fridays, starting at 12:00 pm, unless informed otherwise. The seminar talk starts with a brief presentation of the weekly scientific news. Typically, the talks conclude by 1:00 pm. The seminars are held in the Sessler Conference Room,  located in Bldg. 50A- 5132.

The committee members are:

The seminar schedule for the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics (INPA) is tentative and becomes final a few days before the Friday talk.

Please send all suggestions for future INPA talks and speakers to the INPA Committee.

To be added to the INPA News Mailing List, please contact Erica Hall.

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Speaker: Dan Werthimer (UC Berkeley (SETI) “What’s New in SETI and High Performance Signal Processing, and The PANOSETI IR/Visible Ultra-Wide Field Nanosecond Time Scale Transient Search”

November 4, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Dan will review current and SETI radio and optical searches, and also review CASPER open source technologies for real time signal processing instrumentation. The CASPER collaboration develops open source hardware, software, GPUware, FPGA gateware, tools, libraries, reference designs, tutorials, training videos, and workshops for astronomy instrumentation.
CASPER instrumentation is utilized mostly for radio astronomy, but also for physics, medicine, genomics, and engineering. More info at

The PANOSETI experiment searches a largely unexplored parameter space, observing a large field of view simultaneously (4,450 degrees) for nanosecond to second time scale transients at visible and near-IR wavelengths. The PANOSETI observatory employs two domes separated by ~1 km. Data from the two domes is cross-correlated to distinguish between astrophysical events and atmospheric phenomena (eg: Cherenkov radiation). Each PANOSETI dome contains ~45 telescopes; each telescope covers a 10 by 10 degree field. We have deployed a prototype PANOSETI observatory at Lick Observatory; where we also plan to build a full scale system. The small aperture, wide field-of-view, and low cost of the PANOSETI telescopes make them well-suited for high energy gamma-ray astronomy.


November 4, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Kevin Wood


50A-5132 /
One Cyclotron Road, 50A-5132
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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INPA guests from campus can now come to the lab early on Fridays. The INPA Common Room (50-5026) is reserved for our guests from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Note that the seminars are now held in 50A-5132 to accommodate a more significant number of attendees.

CPTea Series (also known as INPA Tea Series)

The Physics Division CPTea Series invites you to an In-Person Tea Series 1st Friday of every month at 3:30 pm INPA Conference Room 50-5026.

Everyone is welcome to attend the open forum. Tea and light refreshments will be served.


INPA Common Room (50-5026)
3:30 pm

Access to the Lab

For a shuttle pass, please email Erica Hall. The pass is only valid for the day of the seminar.

Erica Hall