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GCN Circular 33851

LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA S230518h: Swift/UVOT Upper Limits for MeerLICHT candidates: AT2023ixg and AT2023iyb
2023-05-22T15:52:54Z (a year ago)
Alice Breeveld at MSSL-UCL <>
A. A. Breeveld (UCL-MSSL), N. P. M. Kuin (UCL-MSSL), S. R. Oates (U. of Birmingham),  P. Brown (TAMU), M. De Pasquale (U. Messina), C. Gronwall (PSU), N. Klingler (NASA-GSFC/UMBC/CRESST II), F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC), M. J. Page (UCL-MSSL), M. H. Siegel (PSU), A.P. Beardmore (U. Leicester), M.G. Bernardini (INAF-OAB), S. Campana (INAF-OAB), S.B. Cenko (NASA/GSFC), A. D’Aì (INAF-IASFPA), P. D’Avanzo (INAF-OAB), V. D’Elia (ASI-SSDC & INAF-OAR), S. Dichiara (PSU), P.A. Evans (U. Leicester), R.A.J. Eyles-Ferris (U. Leicester), D. Hartmann (Clemson University), J.A. Kennea (PSU), S. Laha (NASA/GSFC), A.Y. Lien (GSFC/UMBC), A. Melandri (INAF-OAB), J.A. Nousek (PSU), P. O’Brien (U. Leicester), J.P. Osborne (U. Leicester), K.L. Page (U. Leicester), D. M. Palmer (LANL), S. Ronchini (PSU), T. Sbarrato (INAF-OAB), B. Sbarufatti (INAF-OAB), G. Tagliaferri (INAF-OAB), A. Tohuvavohu (U. Toronto) and E. Troja (U Tor Vergata, INAF) report on behalf of the Swift team:

We report Swift/UVOT observations of the candidates AT2023ixg and AT2023iyb (Johnston et al., Astronote 2023-121) found by the the MeerLICHT 0.65m wide-field telescope during the search for the EM counterpart of the LVC event S230518h (LIGO/VIRGO/KAGRA Collaboration GCN Circ. 33813).

Swift/UVOT observations of these MeerLICHT candidates began 73 hours after the LVK trigger (LIGO/VIRGO/KAGRA Collaboration, GCN Circ. 33813) in the UV filters. We do not detect either of the candidates in the UVOT exposures. Preliminary 3-sigma upper limits using the UVOT photometric system (Breeveld et al. 2011, AIP Conf. Proc. 1358, 373) for the exposures are:

Target    Filter   T_start(s) T_stop(s)  Exp(s)   3sigUL

AT2023ixg   w1      267962     273767     164      18.4
            m2      267775     278324     1067     19.6
            w2      267587     278065     570      20.4

AT2023iyb   m2      265880     272062     507      19.9
            w2      265181     271869     1214     20.7

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