turboSETI -- python based SETI search algorithm.
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turboSETI is an analysis tool for the search of narrow band drifting signals in filterbank data (frequency vs. time). The main purpose of the code is to hopefully one day find signals of extraterrestrial origin!! It can search the data for hundreds of drift rates (in Hz/sec). It can handle either .fil or .h5 file formats.

NOTE: This code is stable, but new features are currently under development. 'Git pull' for the latest version.

Some details for the expert eye:

  • Python based, with taylor tree in Cython for improved performance.
  • Pre-calculated drift index arrays.
  • Output plain text file with information on each hit.
  • Including output reader into a pandas DataFrame.

It was originally based on dedoppler dedoppler; which is based on rawdopplersearch.c gbt_seti/src/rawdopplersearch.c)





Expected Inputs

At the moment it expects a single .h5 file produced with blimpy.Waterfall .

Command Line


Use $turboSETI -h to view usage details.




Will add an example file here in the near future.

Sample Outputs


File ID: blc07_guppi_57650_67573_Voyager1_0002.gpuspec.0000_57
Source:Voyager1 MJD: 57650.782094907408 RA:  17:10:04.0 DEC:  +12:10:58.8       DELTAT:  18.253611      DELTAF(Hz):   2.793968
N_candidates: 1055
Top Hit #       Drift Rate      SNR     Uncorrected Frequency   Corrected Frequency     Index   freq_start      freq_end        SEFD    SEFD_freq
001      -0.353960       51.107710         8419.274366     8419.274366  292536     8419.274344     8419.274386  0.0           0.000000
002      -0.363527       48.528281         8419.274687     8419.274687  292651     8419.274665     8419.274707  0.0           0.000000
003      -0.382660      118.779830         8419.297028     8419.297028  300647     8419.297006     8419.297047  0.0           0.000000
004      -0.392226       51.193226         8419.319366     8419.319366  308642     8419.319343     8419.319385  0.0           0.000000
005      -0.363527       49.893235         8419.319681     8419.319681  308755     8419.319659     8419.319701  0.0           0.000000
006       0.000000      298.061948         8419.921871     8419.921871  524287     8419.921848     8419.921890  0.0           0.000000


Use as a package

> import dedoppler_bones

BL internal:

Currently, there is some voyager test data in bls0 at the GBT cluster. From the .../turbo_seti/bin/ folder run the next command.

$ python seti_event.py /datax/eenriquez/voyager_test/blc07_guppi_57650_67573_Voyager1_0002.gpuspec.0000.fil -p <your_test_folder> -M 2

This will take /datax/eenriquez/voyager_test/test_dedop_bones/blc07_guppi_57650_67573_Voyager1_0002.gpuspec.0000.fil as input (and in this particular case it will discover that this file is too big to handle all at once, so it will first partition it into smaller FITS files and save them into the directory specified by option -p, and then proceed with drift signal search for each small FITS files). Everything else was set to default values.

Sample Outputs: See /datax/eenriquez/voyager_test/*/*.log, /datax/eenriquez/voyager_test/*.dat for search results and see /datax/eenriquez/voyager_test/*.png for some plots.


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