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GCN Circular 21226

LIGO/Virgo G288732: IceCube neutrino observations update
2017-06-08T18:46:47Z (6 years ago)
Imre Bartos at Columbia/LIGO <>
I. Bartos, S. Countryman (Columbia), C. Finley (U Stockholm), E. Blaufuss (U Maryland), R. Corley, Z. Marka, S. Marka (Columbia) on behalf of the IceCube Collaboration

We previously reported on the online track-like neutrino search for LIGO-Virgo trigger G288732. We are updating this result with adopting a new online configuration, which enables better background rejection online, allowing for an increased rate of events passing the neutrino track event selection, along a higher efficiency for neutrino events. With this online search, the expected background neutrino rate is ~6 within our [-500,500] time window.


We searched IceCube online track-like neutrino candidates (GFU) detected in a [-500,500] second interval about the LIGO-Virgo trigger G288732. We compared the candidate source directions of 7 temporally-coincident neutrinos to the BAYESTAR skymap, with the following parameters:

#            dt[s]     RA[deg]    Dec[deg]      E[TeV]  Sigma[deg]
1.         -106.97        28.5        23.7        1.03         1.2
2.          -97.96       252.1         8.0        0.90         1.8
3.          -67.26       299.0        28.6        1.38         1.4
4.          -44.07        99.0       -67.8      224.91         0.2
5.          331.13       269.8        43.7        1.09         5.7
6.          337.70       241.7        26.3        0.97         1.5
7.          462.61       310.9        -5.5        2.53         0.8

(dt--time from GW in [seconds]; RA/Dec--sky location in [degrees]; E--reconstructed secondary muon energy in [TeV]; Sigma--uncertainty of direction reconstruction in [degrees])

The analysis found NO COINCIDENT ONLINE TRACK-LIKE NEUTRINO CANDIDATES detected by IceCube within the 500 second window surrounding G288732 within the BAYESTAR skymap.

A coincident neutrino-GW skymap has been posted to GraceDB (<,2>). A JSON-formatted list of the above neutrinos can be downloaded from GraceDB at:<,3>

In addition, we are performing coincident searches with other IceCube data streams, including the high-energy starting events (HESE) and Supernova triggers.  HESE events have typical energies > 60 TeV and start inside the detector volume, leading to a relatively pure event sample with a high fraction of astrophysical neutrinos.  The SN trigger system is sensitive to sudden increases in photomultiplier counts across the detector, which could indicate a burst of MeV neutrinos.  We will submit separate GCN circulars if coincident HESE or SN triggers are found.

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory is a cubic-kilometer neutrino detector operating at the geographic South Pole, Antarctica.  For a description of the IceCube realtime alert system, please refer to<>; for more information on joint neutrino and gravitational wave searches, please refer to<>.
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