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GCN Circular 24719

Subject
LIGO/Virgo S190602aq: No neutrino counterpart candidates in ANTARES search
Date
2019-06-02T19:11:26Z (5 years ago)
From
Damien Dornic at CPPM,France <dornic@cppm.in2p3.fr>
M. Ageron (CPPM/CNRS), B. Baret (APC/CNRS), A. Coleiro (APC/Universite Paris Diderot), M. Colomer (APC/Universite Paris Diderot)), D. Dornic (CPPM/CNRS), A. Kouchner (APC/Universite Paris Diderot), T. Pradier (IPHC/Universite de Strasbourg) report on behalf of the ANTARES  Collaboration:

Using on-line data from the ANTARES detector, we have performed a follow-up analysis of the recently reported LIGO/Virgo S190602aq event using the 90% contour of the bayestar probability map provided by the GW interferometers (GCN#24717). The ANTARES visibility at the time of the alert, together with the 50% and 90% contours of the probability map are shown at https://www.cppm.in2p3.fr/~dornic/events_runo3/S190602aq.png. Considering the location probability provided by the LIGO/Virgo collaborations, there is a 84% chance that the GW emitter was in the ANTARES **upgoing** field of view at the time of the alert. 

No up-going muon neutrino candidate events were recorded in the ANTARES sky during a +/- 500s time-window centered on the time (2019-06-02 17:59:27 UT) and in the 90% contour of the S190602aq event. The expected number of atmospheric background events in the region visible by ANTARES is 6.8e-5 in the +/- 500s time window. An extended search during +/- 1 hour gives no up-going muon neutrino coincidence. The expected number of atmospheric background events in the region visible by ANTARES is 4.9e-4 in this larger time window.

ANTARES is the largest undersea neutrino detector, installed in the Mediterranean Sea, and it is primarily sensitive to neutrinos in the TeV-PeV  energy range. At 10 TeV, the median angular resolution for muon neutrinos is about 0.5 degrees. In the range 1-100 TeV ANTARES has a competitive sensitivity to this position in the sky.
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