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Title: A DECam Search for Explosive Optical Transients Associated with IceCube Neutrino Alerts

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the likelihood of association between real-time, neutrino alerts with teraelectronvolt to petaelectronvolt energy from IceCube and optical counterparts in the form of core-collapse supernovae (CC SNe). The optical follow-up of IceCube alerts requires two main instrumental capabilities: (1) deep imaging, since 73% of neutrinos would come from CC SNe at redshifts z > 0.3, and (2) a large field of view (FoV), since typical IceCube muon neutrino pointing accuracy is on the order of ~1 deg. With Blanco/DECam ( gri to 24th magnitude and 2.2 deg diameter FoV), we performed a triggered optical follow-up observation of two IceCube alerts, IC170922A and IC171106A, on six nights during the three weeks following each alert. For the IC170922A (IC171106A) follow-up observations, we expect that 12.1% (9.5%) of coincident CC SNe at z lesssim 0.3 are detectable, and that, on average, 0.23 (0.07) unassociated SNe in the neutrino 90% containment regions also pass our selection criteria. We find two candidate CC SNe that are temporally coincident with the neutrino alerts in the FoV, but none in the 90% containment regions, a result that is statistically consistent with expected rates of background CC SNe for these observations. If CC SNemore » are the dominant source of teraelectronvolt to petaelectronvolt neutrinos, we would expect an excess of coincident CC SNe to be detectable at the 3σ confidence level using DECam observations similar to those of this work for ~60 (~200) neutrino alerts with (without) redshift information for all candidates.« less

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Research Org.:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
Contributing Org.:
IceCube Collaboration
OSTI Identifier:
1575121
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-76SF00515; AST-1138766; AST-1536171
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
The Astrophysical Journal (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: The Astrophysical Journal (Online); Journal Volume: 883; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1538-4357
Publisher:
Institute of Physics (IOP)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS

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Morgan, R., Bechtol, K., Kessler, R., Sako, M., Herner, K., Doctor, Z., Scolnic, D., Sevilla-Noarbe, I., Franckowiak, A., Neilson, K. N., Kowalski, M., Palmese, A., Swann, E., Thomas, B. P., Vivas, A. K., Drlica-Wagner, A., Garcia, A., Brout, D., Paz-Chinchón, F., Neilsen, E., Diehl, H. T., Soares-Santos, M., Abbott, T. M. C., Avila, S., Bertin, E., Brooks, D., Buckley-Geer, E., Rosell, A. Carnero, Kind, M. Carrasco, Carretero, J., Cawthon, R., Costanzi, M., De Vicente, J., Desai, S., Doel, P., Flaugher, B., Fosalba, P., Frieman, J., García-Bellido, J., Gaztanaga, E., Gerdes, D. W., Gruen, D., Gruendl, R. A., Gschwend, J., Gutierrez, G., Hollowood, D. L., Honscheid, K., James, D. J., Kuropatkin, N., Lima, M., Maia, M. A. G., Marshall, J. L., Menanteau, F., Miller, C. J., Miquel, R., Plazas, A. A., Sanchez, E., Scarpine, V., Schubnell, M., Serrano, S., Smith, M., Sobreira, F., Suchyta, E., Swanson, M. E. C., Tarle, G., Vikram, V., Walker, A. R., and Weller, J. A DECam Search for Explosive Optical Transients Associated with IceCube Neutrino Alerts. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab3a45.
Morgan, R., Bechtol, K., Kessler, R., Sako, M., Herner, K., Doctor, Z., Scolnic, D., Sevilla-Noarbe, I., Franckowiak, A., Neilson, K. N., Kowalski, M., Palmese, A., Swann, E., Thomas, B. P., Vivas, A. K., Drlica-Wagner, A., Garcia, A., Brout, D., Paz-Chinchón, F., Neilsen, E., Diehl, H. T., Soares-Santos, M., Abbott, T. M. C., Avila, S., Bertin, E., Brooks, D., Buckley-Geer, E., Rosell, A. Carnero, Kind, M. Carrasco, Carretero, J., Cawthon, R., Costanzi, M., De Vicente, J., Desai, S., Doel, P., Flaugher, B., Fosalba, P., Frieman, J., García-Bellido, J., Gaztanaga, E., Gerdes, D. W., Gruen, D., Gruendl, R. A., Gschwend, J., Gutierrez, G., Hollowood, D. L., Honscheid, K., James, D. J., Kuropatkin, N., Lima, M., Maia, M. A. G., Marshall, J. L., Menanteau, F., Miller, C. J., Miquel, R., Plazas, A. A., Sanchez, E., Scarpine, V., Schubnell, M., Serrano, S., Smith, M., Sobreira, F., Suchyta, E., Swanson, M. E. C., Tarle, G., Vikram, V., Walker, A. R., & Weller, J. A DECam Search for Explosive Optical Transients Associated with IceCube Neutrino Alerts. United States. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab3a45.
Morgan, R., Bechtol, K., Kessler, R., Sako, M., Herner, K., Doctor, Z., Scolnic, D., Sevilla-Noarbe, I., Franckowiak, A., Neilson, K. N., Kowalski, M., Palmese, A., Swann, E., Thomas, B. P., Vivas, A. K., Drlica-Wagner, A., Garcia, A., Brout, D., Paz-Chinchón, F., Neilsen, E., Diehl, H. T., Soares-Santos, M., Abbott, T. M. C., Avila, S., Bertin, E., Brooks, D., Buckley-Geer, E., Rosell, A. Carnero, Kind, M. Carrasco, Carretero, J., Cawthon, R., Costanzi, M., De Vicente, J., Desai, S., Doel, P., Flaugher, B., Fosalba, P., Frieman, J., García-Bellido, J., Gaztanaga, E., Gerdes, D. W., Gruen, D., Gruendl, R. A., Gschwend, J., Gutierrez, G., Hollowood, D. L., Honscheid, K., James, D. J., Kuropatkin, N., Lima, M., Maia, M. A. G., Marshall, J. L., Menanteau, F., Miller, C. J., Miquel, R., Plazas, A. A., Sanchez, E., Scarpine, V., Schubnell, M., Serrano, S., Smith, M., Sobreira, F., Suchyta, E., Swanson, M. E. C., Tarle, G., Vikram, V., Walker, A. R., and Weller, J. Thu . "A DECam Search for Explosive Optical Transients Associated with IceCube Neutrino Alerts". United States. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab3a45.
@article{osti_1575121,
title = {A DECam Search for Explosive Optical Transients Associated with IceCube Neutrino Alerts},
author = {Morgan, R. and Bechtol, K. and Kessler, R. and Sako, M. and Herner, K. and Doctor, Z. and Scolnic, D. and Sevilla-Noarbe, I. and Franckowiak, A. and Neilson, K. N. and Kowalski, M. and Palmese, A. and Swann, E. and Thomas, B. P. and Vivas, A. K. and Drlica-Wagner, A. and Garcia, A. and Brout, D. and Paz-Chinchón, F. and Neilsen, E. and Diehl, H. T. and Soares-Santos, M. and Abbott, T. M. C. and Avila, S. and Bertin, E. and Brooks, D. and Buckley-Geer, E. and Rosell, A. Carnero and Kind, M. Carrasco and Carretero, J. and Cawthon, R. and Costanzi, M. and De Vicente, J. and Desai, S. and Doel, P. and Flaugher, B. and Fosalba, P. and Frieman, J. and García-Bellido, J. and Gaztanaga, E. and Gerdes, D. W. and Gruen, D. and Gruendl, R. A. and Gschwend, J. and Gutierrez, G. and Hollowood, D. L. and Honscheid, K. and James, D. J. and Kuropatkin, N. and Lima, M. and Maia, M. A. G. and Marshall, J. L. and Menanteau, F. and Miller, C. J. and Miquel, R. and Plazas, A. A. and Sanchez, E. and Scarpine, V. and Schubnell, M. and Serrano, S. and Smith, M. and Sobreira, F. and Suchyta, E. and Swanson, M. E. C. and Tarle, G. and Vikram, V. and Walker, A. R. and Weller, J.},
abstractNote = {In this paper, we investigate the likelihood of association between real-time, neutrino alerts with teraelectronvolt to petaelectronvolt energy from IceCube and optical counterparts in the form of core-collapse supernovae (CC SNe). The optical follow-up of IceCube alerts requires two main instrumental capabilities: (1) deep imaging, since 73% of neutrinos would come from CC SNe at redshifts z > 0.3, and (2) a large field of view (FoV), since typical IceCube muon neutrino pointing accuracy is on the order of ~1 deg. With Blanco/DECam (gri to 24th magnitude and 2.2 deg diameter FoV), we performed a triggered optical follow-up observation of two IceCube alerts, IC170922A and IC171106A, on six nights during the three weeks following each alert. For the IC170922A (IC171106A) follow-up observations, we expect that 12.1% (9.5%) of coincident CC SNe at z lesssim 0.3 are detectable, and that, on average, 0.23 (0.07) unassociated SNe in the neutrino 90% containment regions also pass our selection criteria. We find two candidate CC SNe that are temporally coincident with the neutrino alerts in the FoV, but none in the 90% containment regions, a result that is statistically consistent with expected rates of background CC SNe for these observations. If CC SNe are the dominant source of teraelectronvolt to petaelectronvolt neutrinos, we would expect an excess of coincident CC SNe to be detectable at the 3σ confidence level using DECam observations similar to those of this work for ~60 (~200) neutrino alerts with (without) redshift information for all candidates.},
doi = {10.3847/1538-4357/ab3a45},
journal = {The Astrophysical Journal (Online)},
number = 2,
volume = 883,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {9}
}

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