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GCN Circular 26828

IceCube 200117A: No significant detection in HAWC
2020-01-20T14:37:56Z (4 years ago)
Hugo Ayala at Pennsylvania State University <>
Hugo Ayala (PSU) reports on behalf of the HAWC

collaboration (

On 2020/01/17 11:08:29 UTC, the IceCube collaboration reported a

track-like very-high-energy event  that has a high probability of

being an astrophysical neutrino, IceCube-200109A. Location is at

RA: 116.24 (+0.71/-1.24  90% PSF containment) J2000

Dec: 29.14 (+0.9/-0.78 deg 90% PSF containment) J2000

(GCN circular 26802).

We performed two types of analyses for the follow-up. The first is for

a steady source in archival data and the second is a search for a

transient source. We assume a power-law spectrum with an index of -2.3

for both analyses.

Search for a steady source in archival data:

The archival data spans from November 2014 to November 2019.

We searched inside the IceCube error region from the circular.

The highest significance, 1.97 sigma (0.23 post-trials),

is at RA 116.02 deg, Dec 29.78 deg (+-1.8 deg 68% containment) J2000.

We set a time-integrated 95% CL  upper limit on gamma rays at the

maximum position of:

E^2 dN/dE = 2.32e-13 (E/TeV)^-0.3 TeV cm^-2 s^-1

Search for a transient source.

Since the IceCube event falls inside the HAWC field of view,

we report on the result for the current transit of the IceCube


Data acquisition started on Data Start: 2020/01/16 09:26:45 UTC and ended

2020/01/18 09:41:14 UTC.

The most significant location, with 2.74 sigma (1.63 post-trials),

is at RA 116.85 deg, Dec 29.40 deg (+-1.78 deg 68% containment) J2000.

We set a time-integrated 95% CL upper limit at the position of

maximum significance of:

E^2 dN/dE = 8.11e-12 (E/1TeV)^-0.3 TeV cm^-2 s^-1

HAWC is a very-high-energy gamma-ray observatory operating in Central

Mexico at latitude 19 deg. north. Operating day and night with over

95% duty cycle, HAWC has an instantaneous field of view of 2 sr and

surveys 2/3 of the sky every day. It is sensitive to gamma rays from

300 GeV to 100 TeV.
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