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GCN Circular 36230

Fermi-LAT gamma-ray observations of IceCube-240419A
2024-04-22T16:20:44Z (3 months ago)
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C. Bartolini (INFN Bari), S. Garrappa (Weizmann Institute of Science), S. Buson (DESY; Univ. of Wuerzburg), L. Pfeiffer (Univ. of Wuerzburg) and J. Sinapius (DESY) on behalf of the Fermi-LAT collaboration:

We report an analysis of observations of the vicinity of the high-energy IC240419A neutrino event (GCN 36196) 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 2024-04-19 at 23:25:41.05 UT (T0) with J2000 position RA = 73.17 (+2.60, -3.74) deg, Decl. = +1.64 (+1.27, -1.09) deg (90% PSF containment). There is one cataloged gamma-ray (>100 MeV; The Fermi-LAT collaboration 2022, ApJS, 260, 53) source located within the 90% IC240419A localization region. This is 4FGL J0502.6+0036, located at 2.69 degrees from the best-fit neutrino position.  Based on a preliminary analysis of the LAT data over the timescales of 1-month and 1-day prior to T0, this object is 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 IC240419A best-fit position. Assuming a power-law spectrum (photon index = 2.0 fixed) for a point source at the IC240419A best-fit position, the >100 MeV flux upper limit (95% confidence) is < 5.98e-10 ph cm^-2 s^-1 for ~15-years (2008-08-04 to 2024-04-19 UTC), and < 1.33e-8 (< 1.24e-7) 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 this observation the Fermi-LAT contact person is C. Bartolini (chiara.bartolini at

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