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PoS(ICHEP2016)085

Multimessenger studies with the VERITAS Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescope

M. Santander, on behalf of the VERITAS Collaboration

in 38th International Conference on High Energy Physics

Contribution: pdf

Abstract

The VERITAS gamma-ray observatory has an active multimessenger program, currently focused on studying the connection between very-high-energy gamma rays and the astrophysical neutrino flux recently discovered by the IceCube telescope. As both gamma rays and neutrinos are produced in hadronic interactions, it is expected that a joint study of both messenger channels could reveal powerful cosmic-ray accelerators and probe their properties. We present an overview and recent results from the VERITAS multimessenger program and discuss prospects for combined studies with other multimessenger facilities, such as the Advanced LIGO gravitational wave observatory.