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GCN Circular 31262

Subject
IceCube-211216B: No neutrino counterpart candidates in ANTARES search
Date
2021-12-18T09:07:59Z (2 years ago)
From
Antoine Kouchner at ANTARES Collaboration <kouchner@apc.in2p3.fr>
Alexis Coleiro (APC/Universite de Paris) and Damien Dornic (CPPM/CNRS) on behalf of the ANTARES Collaboration.

Using data from the ANTARES detector, we have performed a follow-up analysis of the recently reported event IceCube-211216B (GCN#31249 <https://gcn.gsfc.nasa.gov/gcn3/31249.gcn3>). At the time of the alert, the reconstructed origin was -3.7 degrees below the horizon for ANTARES.

No up-going muon neutrino candidate events were recorded within the 90% error box of the IceCube event during a +/- 1h time-window centered on the IceCube event time, and over which the potential source remained visible from [T-60min, T+22min] (68%). This leads to a preliminary 90% confidence level upper limit on the muon-neutrino fluence from a point source of 17 GeV.cm^-2 over the energy range 5 TeV ��� 5 PeV (the range corresponding to 5-95% of the detectable flux) for an E^-2 power-law spectrum, and 40 GeV.cm^-2 (1 TeV - 450 TeV) for an E^-2.5 spectrum.

A search over an extended time window of +/- 1 day has also yielded no detection (40% visibility).

ANTARES <http://antares.in2p3.fr/> is the largest undersea neutrino detector (Mediterranean Sea) and it is primarily sensitive to astrophysical 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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