S. Garrappa (DESY-Zeuthen) and S. Buson (Univ. of Wuerzburg) on behalf
of the Fermi-LAT collaboration:
We report an analysis of observations of the vicinity of the high-energy
IC220822A neutrino event (GCN 32475) with all-sky survey data from the
Large Area Telescope (LAT), on board the Fermi Gamma-ray Space
Telescope. The IceCube event was detected on 2022-08-22 at 20:26:30.03��
UT (T0) with J2000 position RA = +273.08 (+2.47, -2.50) deg, Decl. =
21.54 (+0.94, -1.18) deg (90% PSF containment). Two cataloged gamma-ray
(>100 MeV) sources are located within the 90% IC220822A localization
region (4FGL-DR3; arXiv:2201.11184; The Fermi-LAT collaboration 2020,
ApJS, 247, 33). These are 4FGL J1809.3+2042 associated with the BL Lac
RX J1809.3+2041 and 4FGL J1819.1+2133, associated with the BL Lac MG2
J181902+2132 at 1.1 deg and 1.6 deg distance from the best-fit neutrino
localization, respectively. Based on a preliminary analysis of the LAT
data over the timescales of 1-day and 1-month prior to T0, these objects
are not significantly detected (> 5 sigma).
We searched for intermediate (days to years) timescale emission from a
new gamma-ray transient source. Preliminary analysis indicates no
significant (> 5 sigma) new excess emission (> 100 MeV) at the IC220822A
best-fit position. Assuming a power-law spectrum (photon index = 2.0
fixed) for a point source at the IC220822A best-fit position, the >100
MeV flux upper limit (95% confidence) is < 2e-10 ph cm^-2 s^-1 for
~14-years (2008-08-04 to 2022-08-22 UTC), and < 4.1e-9 (<8.8e-8) ph
cm^-2 s^-1 for a 1-month (1-day) integration time before T0.
Within the 90% confidence localization of the neutrino, 0.6 deg offset
from the best-fit IC220822A position, an excess of gamma rays, Fermi
J1810.1+2154, was detected in an analysis of the ~14-years integrated
LAT data (100 MeV - 1 TeV) prior to T0. This putative new source is
detected at a statistical significance ~4.5 sigma (calculated following
the prescription adopted in the The Fourth Fermi-LAT catalog, The
Fermi-LAT collaboration 2020, ApJS, 247, 33). Assuming a power-law
spectrum, the excess has best-fit localization of RA = 272.54 deg, Decl.
= 21.91 deg (95% containment radius = 0.14 deg) with best-fit spectral
parameters, flux = (6.6 +/- 4.7)e-10 ph cm^-2 s^-1, index = 1.9 +/-0.2.
In a preliminary analysis of the LAT data over one month prior to T0,
Fermi J1810.1+2154 is not significantly detected in the LAT data. All
values include the statistical uncertainty only.
Since Fermi normally operates in an all-sky scanning mode, regular
monitoring of this region will continue. For these observations the
Fermi-LAT contact persons are S. Garrappa (simone.garrappa at desy.de)
and S. Buson (sara.buson at uni-wuerzburg.de).
The Fermi-LAT is a pair conversion telescope designed to cover the
energy band from 20 MeV to greater than 300 GeV. It is the product of an
international collaboration between NASA and DOE in the U.S. and many
scientific institutions across France, Italy, Japan and Sweden.