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Title: Swift follow-up of IceCube triggers, and implications for the Advanced-LIGO era
Authors: Evans, P. A.
Osborne, J. P.
Kennea, J. A.
Smith, M.
Palmer, D. M.
Gehrels, N.
Gelbord, J. M.
Homeier, A.
Voge, M.
Strotjohann, N. L.
Cowen, D. F.
Boeser, S.
Kowalski, M.
Stasik, A.
First Published: 26-Feb-2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP), Royal Astronomical Society
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2015, 448 (3), pp. 2210-2223 (14)
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1093/mnras/stv136
ISSN: 0035-8711
eISSN: 1365-2966
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2015 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society.
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