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GCN Circular 34646

LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA S230908b: one counterpart neutrino candidate from IceCube neutrino searches
2023-09-09T20:18:10Z (10 months ago)
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The IceCube Collaboration ( reports:

A search for track-like muon neutrino events detected by IceCube consistent with the sky
localization of the low-significance gravitational wave candidate S230908b in a time range of 1000 seconds
centered on the alert event time (2023-09-08 03:41:42 UTC to 2023-09-08 03:58:22 UTC)
has been performed [1,2]. During this time period IceCube was collecting good quality data.
One hypothesis test was conducted for this low-significance gravitational wave event. The
search uses a Bayesian approach to quantify the joint GW + neutrino event significance, which
assumes a binary merger scenario and accounts for known astrophysical priors, such as GW source
distance, in the significance estimate [3].

One track-like event is found in spatial and temporal coincwidence with the gravitational-wave
candidate S230908b calculated from the map circulated by LVK as S230908b-2-Preliminary. This
represents an overall pre-trial p-value of 0.0056 for the Bayesian search.

The reported p-value here does not account for any trials correction (multiple hypotheses testing). The false alarm rate of these coincidences can be obtained by multiplying the p-values with their corresponding GW trigger rates.  Further details are available at 

Properties of the coincident event(s) are shown below.

dt(s)	RA(deg)		Dec(deg)	Angular uncertainty(deg)  p-value(generic transient) p-value(Bayesian)
+144.76   186.17   	+29.37    	1.082                		not applicable       	0.0056

dt = Time of track event minus time of GW trigger (sec)
Angular uncertainty = Angular uncertainty of track event: the radius of a circle
 	representing 90% CL containment by area.
p-value = the p-value for this specific track event from each search.

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

[1] M. G. Aartsen et al 2020 ApJL 898 L10
[2] Abbasi et al. Astrophys.J. 944 (2023) 1, 80
[3] I. Bartos et al. 2019 Phys. Rev. D 100, 083017
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