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Murchison Widefield Array Limits on Radio Emission from ANTARES Neutrino Events
Croft, S.; van Haren, H.; MWA Collaboration; Antares Collaboration; TAROT Collaboration; ROTSE Collaboration (2016). Murchison Widefield Array Limits on Radio Emission from ANTARES Neutrino Events. Astrophys. J. Lett. 820(L 24): 1-7. dx.doi.org/10.3847/2041-8205/820/2/L24
In: The Astrophysical Journal: Letters. IOP Publishing: London. ISSN 2041-8205. hdl.handle.net/iopscience.iop.org/2041-8205, more
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Author keywords
    neutrinos; radio continuum: general

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  • Croft, S.
  • van Haren, H., more
  • MWA Collaboration
  • Antares Collaboration
  • TAROT Collaboration
  • ROTSE Collaboration

Abstract
    We present a search, using the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), for electromagnetic (EM) counterparts to twocandidate high-energy neutrino events detected by the ANTARES neutrino telescope in 2013 November and 2014March. These events were selected by ANTARES because they are consistent, within 0°.4, with the locations ofgalaxies within 20 Mpc of Earth. Using MWA archival data at frequencies between 118 and 182 MHz, taken~20?days prior to, at the same time as, and up to a year after the neutrino triggers, we look for transient or stronglyvariable radio sources that are consistent with the neutrino positions. No such counterparts are detected, and we seta 5s upper limit for low-frequency radio emission of ~1037 erg s-1 for progenitors at 20 Mpc. If the neutrinosources are instead not in nearby galaxies, but originate in binary neutron star coalescences, our limits place theprogenitors at z ? 0.2. While it is possible, due to the high background from atmospheric neutrinos, that neitherevent is astrophysical, the MWA observations are nevertheless among the first to follow up neutrino candidates inthe radio, and illustrate the promise of wide-field instruments like MWA for detecting EM counterparts to suchevents.

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