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GCN Circular 25326

LIGO/Virgo S190814bv: Upper limits from Fermi-GBM Observations
2019-08-15T05:33:17Z (5 years ago)
Daniel Kocevski at GSFC <>
D. Kocevski (NASA/MSFC) reports on behalf of the Fermi-GBM Team and the GBM-LIGO/Virgo group:

For the LIGO/Virgo detection of GW trigger S190814bv (GCN 25324) and using the Updated BAYESTAR skymap, Fermi-GBM was observing 100% of the localization probability at event time.

There was no Fermi-GBM onboard trigger immediately around the event time of S190814bv. The sky location of GRB 190814A (GCN 25319) that occurred ~1 hour before S190814bv is inconsistent with the updated skymap to high confidence.  An automated, blind search for short gamma-ray bursts below the onboard triggering threshold in Fermi-GBM also identified no counterpart candidates. The GBM targeted search, the most sensitive, coherent search for GRB-like signals, was run from +/- 30 s around merger time, and also identified no counterpart candidates.

We therefore set upper limits on impulsive gamma-ray emission. Using the representative soft, normal, and hard GRB-like templates described in arXiv:1612.02395, we set the following 3 sigma flux upper limits over 10-1000 keV (in units of 10^-8 erg/s/cm^2):

Timescale  soft     norm     hard
0.128 s:   17.0     31.0     58.0
1.024 s:   5.90     9.30     20.0
8.192 s:   2.20     3.10     5.68

Assuming the median luminosity distance of 276 Mpc (z=0.061) from the GW detection, we estimate the following intrinsic luminosity upper limits over the 1 keV-10 MeV energy range (in units of 10^48 erg/s):

Timescale  soft    norm    hard
0.128 s:   2.35    3.98    12.25
1.024 s:   0.81    1.19    4.23
8.192 s:   0.30    0.40    1.18
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