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Very high-energy gamma-ray follow-up program using neutrino triggers from IceCube
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Instrumentation, ISSN 1748-0221, E-ISSN 1748-0221, Vol. 11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We describe and report the status of a neutrino-triggered program in IceCube that generates real-time alerts for gamma-ray follow-up observations by atmospheric-Cherenkov telescopes (MAGIC and VERITAS). While IceCube is capable of monitoring the whole sky continuously, high-energy gamma-ray telescopes have restricted fields of view and in general are unlikely to be observing a potential neutrino-flaring source at the time such neutrinos are recorded. The use of neutrino-triggered alerts thus aims at increasing the availability of simultaneous multi-messenger data during potential neutrino flaring activity, which can increase the discovery potential and constrain the phenomenological interpretation of the high-energy emission of selected source classes (e. g. blazars). The requirements of a fast and stable online analysis of potential neutrino signals and its operation are presented, along with first results of the program operating between 14 March 2012 and 31 December 2015.

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2016. Vol. 11
Keyword [en]
Gamma telescopes; Neutrino detectors
Research subject
SWEDARP, IceCube
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URN: urn:nbn:se:polar:diva-3537DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/11/11/P11009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:polar-3537DiVA: diva2:1094273
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Swedish Polar Research Secretariat
Available from: 2017-05-09 Created: 2017-05-09 Last updated: 2017-05-09Bibliographically approved

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