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GCN Circular 25330

Subject
LIGO/Virgo S190814bv : no neutrino counterpart candidate in ANTARES search
Date
2019-08-15T08:21:11Z (5 years ago)
From
Antoine Kouchner at ANTARES Collaboration <kouchner@apc.in2p3.fr>
M. Ageron (CPPM/CNRS), B. Baret (APC/CNRS), A. Coleiro (APC/Universite de Paris), M. Colomer (APC/Universite de Paris), D. Dornic (CPPM/CNRS), A. Kouchner (APC/Universite de Paris), 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 S190814bv event using the 90% contour of the updated bayestar probability
map provided by the GW interferometers about two hours after the candidate (GCN#25324 <https://gcn.gsfc.nasa.gov/gcn3/25324.gcn3>). 
The ANTARES visibility at the time of the alert, together with the 50% and 90% contours of the probability map are shown at http://antares.in2p3.fr/GW/S190814bv.png <http://antares.in2p3.fr/GW/S190814bv.png>.
Considering the location probability provided by the LIGO/Virgo collaborations, there is a
99.9% 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 2019-08-14 21:10:39 and in the 90% contour of the S190814bv
event. The expected number of atmospheric background events in the region visible by ANTARES is
4.04e-05 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 2.91e-04 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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