Time-dependent search for neutrino emission from X-ray binaries with the ANTARES telescope
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ANTARES is currently the largest neutrino telescope operating in the Northern Hemisphere, aiming at the detection of high-energy neutrinos from astrophysical sources. Neutrino telescopes constantly monitor at least one complete hemisphere of the sky, and are thus well-suited to detect neutrinos produced in transient astrophysical sources. A time-dependent search has been applied to a list of 33 X-ray binaries undergoing high flaring activities in satellite data (RXTE/ASM, MAXI and Swift/BAT) and during hardness transition states in the 2008–2012 period. The background originating from interactions of charged cosmic rays in the Earth's atmosphere is drastically reduced by requiring a directional and temporal coincidence with astrophysical phenomena. The results of this search are presented together with comparisons between the neutrino flux upper limits and the neutrino flux predictions from astrophysical models. The neutrino flux upper limits resulting from this search limit the jet parameter space for some astrophysical models.
CitationAlbert, A., Andre, M., Anton, G., Ardid, M., Aubert, J., Avgitas, T., Baret, B., Barrios, J. Time-dependent search for neutrino emission from X-ray binaries with the ANTARES telescope. "Journal of cosmology and astroparticle physics", 11 Abril 2017, vol. 2017.