TITLE: GCN CIRCULAR
NUMBER: 34838
SUBJECT: LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA S231018cb: One counterpart neutrino candidate event from an IceCube neutrino search
DATE: 23/10/19 02:06:25 GMT
FROM: Erik Blaufuss at University of Maryland, College Park
IceCube Collaboration (http://icecube.wisc.edu/) reports:
We have performed a search for track-like muon neutrino events detected by IceCube consistent with the sky localization of the low-significance gravitational-wave candidate event S231018cb in a time range of 1000 seconds centered on the alert event time (2023-10-18T23:40:06 UTC to 2023-10-18T23:56:46 UTC) [1,2] .
During this time period IceCube was collecting good quality data. A single hypothesis test
was conducted, using 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 statistical significance estimation [3].
One track-like event is found in spatial and temporal coincidence with the gravitational-wave
Candidate S231018cb calculated from the map circulated in the S231018cb-2-Preliminary notice. This represents an overall p-value of 0.003 for the Bayesian search. The p-value
measures the consistency of the observed track-like events with the known atmospheric backgrounds for this single map (not accounting for statistical trials from multiple GW events).
Further details are available at https://gcn.nasa.gov/missions/icecube and at https://roc.icecube.wisc.edu/public/LvkNuTrackSearch.
Properties of the coincident events are shown below:
dt(s) RA(deg) Dec(deg) Angular uncertainty(deg) p-value(Bayesian)
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-24.13 170.53 +11.11 0.53 0.0031
where:
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 this 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 roc@icecube.wisc.edu
[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