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GCN Circular 26874

Subject
IceCube-200120A: Event likely due to background
Date
2020-01-24T20:27:08Z (4 years ago)
From
Erik Blaufuss at U. Maryland/IceCube <blaufuss@umd.edu>
The IceCube Collaboration (http://icecube.wisc.edu/) reports:

On 20/01/20 IceCube reported a track-like event with a moderate probability of being of astrophysical origin (https://gcn.gsfc.nasa.gov/gcn/gcn3/26832.gcn3).   After further study, we now believe this event to likely be due to a highly inclined muon bundle.  Muon bundles are a background arising from down-going cosmic ray air showers and are not from a neutrino of astrophysical origin.

This conclusion is driven by observations with the IceTop surface array portion of IceCube at the time of the alert. The IceTop surface array detects charged particles from cosmic ray induced extensive air showers that occur in the atmosphere above the IceCube detector.  IceTop data is presently not accounted for in the IceCube realtime alert system. A preliminary offline cross check of IceTop data indicate a background origin for this alert.

The IceCube Neutrino Observatory is a cubic-kilometer neutrino detector operating at the geographic South Pole, Antarctica. The IceCube realtime alert point of contact can be reached at roc@icecube.wisc.edu
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