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GCN Circular 33080

Fermi-LAT gamma-ray observations of IceCube-221216A
2022-12-18T09:58:10Z (2 years ago)
Simone Garrappa at DESY <>
S. Garrappa (Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum), S. Buson (Univ. of Wuerzburg) 
and J. Sinapius (DESY-Zeuthen) on behalf of the Fermi-LAT collaboration:

We report an analysis of observations of the vicinity of the IC221216A 
high-energy neutrino event (GCN 33065) 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 2022-12-16 at 06:00:14.01 
UT (T0) with J2000 position RA = 6.86 (+1.08, -2.06) deg, Decl. = +10.43 
(+1.54, -1.07) deg (90% PSF containment). No cataloged gamma-ray (>100 
MeV) source is located within the 90% IC221216A localization region 
(4FGL-DR3; The Fermi-LAT collaboration 2022, ApJS, 260, 53).

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 IC221216A 
best-fit position. Assuming a power-law spectrum (photon index = 2.0 
fixed) for a point source at the IC221216A best-fit position, the >100 
MeV flux upper limit (95% confidence) is < 7.6e-10 ph cm^-2 s^-1 for 
~14-years (2008-08-04 to 2022-12-16 UTC), and < 1.3e-8 (<7.8e-8) ph 
cm^-2 s^-1 for a 1-month (1-day) integration time before T0.

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, J. Sinapius (jonas.sinapius at and S. 
Buson (sara.buson at

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 
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