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GCN Circular 33371

Subject
IceCube-230220A: Upper limits from a search for additional neutrino events in IceCube
Date
2023-02-23T19:24:26Z (a year ago)
From
Jessie Thwaites at IceCube/U Wisc-Madison <thwaites@wisc.edu>
The IceCube Collaboration (http://icecube.wisc.edu/) reports:


IceCube has performed a search [1] for additional track-like muon neutrino events arriving from the direction of IceCube-230220A (https://gcn.gsfc.nasa.gov/gcn3/33354.gcn3) in a time range of 1000 seconds centered on the alert event time (2023-02-20 07:30:50.83 UTC to 2023-02-20 07:47:30.83 UTC) during which IceCube was collecting good quality data. Excluding the event that prompted the alert, zero track-like events are found within the 90% containment region of IceCube-230220A. The IceCube sensitivity to neutrino point sources with an E^-2.0 spectrum (E^2 dN/dE at 1 TeV) within the locations spanned by the 90% spatial containment region of IceCube-230220A is 2.8e-02 GeV cm^-2 in a 1000 second time window. 90% of events IceCube would detect from a source at this declination with an E^-2.0 spectrum have energies in the approximate energy range between 1e+03 GeV and 4e+06 GeV.


A subsequent search was performed including 2 days of data centered on the alert event time (2023-02-19 07:39:10.83 UTC to 2023-02-21 07:39:10.83 UTC). In this case, we report a p-value of 1.00, consistent with no significant excess of track events. The IceCube sensitivity to neutrino point sources with an E^-2.0 spectrum (E^2 dN/dE at 1 TeV) within the locations spanned by the 90% spatial containment region of IceCube-230220A is 3.1e-02 GeV cm^-2 in a 2 day time window.


The IceCube Neutrino Observatory is a cubic-kilometer neutrino detector operating at the geographic South Pole, Antarctica. The IceCube realtime alert point of contact can be reached at roc@icecube.wisc.edu.


[1] IceCube Collaboration, R. Abbasi  et al., ApJ 910 4 (2021)
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