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Swift follow-up of IceCube triggers, and implications for the Advanced-LIGO era

journal contribution
posted on 27.04.2015, 15:20 by P. A. Evans, J. P. Osborne, J. A. Kennea, M. Smith, D. M. Palmer, N. Gehrels, J. M. Gelbord, A. Homeier, M. Voge, N. L. Strotjohann, D. F. Cowen, S. Boeser, M. Kowalski, A. Stasik
Between 2011 March and 2014 August Swift responded to 20 triggers from the IceCube neutrino observatory, observing the IceCube 50 per cent confidence error circle in X-rays, typically within 5 h of the trigger. No confirmed counterpart has been detected. We describe the Swift follow-up strategy and data analysis and present the results of the campaign. We discuss the challenges of distinguishing the X-ray counterpart to a neutrino trigger from serendipitous uncatalogued X-ray sources in the error circle, and consider the implications of our results for future strategies for multimessenger astronomy, with particular reference to the follow-up of gravitational wave triggers from the advanced-era detectors.

Funding

PAE and JPO acknowledge UK Space Agency support. JMG gratefully acknowledges the support from NASA under award NNH13CH61C.

History

Citation

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2015, 448 (3), pp. 2210-2223 (14)

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/Department of Physics and Astronomy

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP), Royal Astronomical Society

issn

0035-8711

eissn

1365-2966

Copyright date

2015

Available date

27/04/2015

Publisher version

http://mnras.oxfordjournals.org/content/448/3/2210

Language

en