Search for Neutrino Emission in IceCube's Archival Data from the Direction of IceCube Alert Events
2019 July 22
IceCube is a cubic-kilometer scale neutrino detector instrumenting a gigaton of ice at the geographic South Pole in Antarctica. On average, 8 track-like high-energy neutrino events with a high probability of being astrophysical are detected and published as alerts per year. The bright appearance of these events in the detector allow a precise pointing to their origins. This work presents a search for cosmic neutrino sources. The analysis uses high statistics archival IceCube neutrino-induced through-going muon samples to search for these sources in the vicinity of the incoming directions of the track-like high energy neutrino alert-events. The analysis searches for both steady sources emitting neutrinos over the entire uptime of IceCube, and transient sources that only temporarily produce neutrinos. This search will be applied to all historic alerts and will be automated for all future high energy track-like neutrino alerts.