PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 358 - 36th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2019) - NU - Neutrino
Neutrino source searches and a realtime neutrino alert stream in the southern sky with IceCube starting tracks
S. Mancina*, M. Silva  on behalf of the IceCube Collaboration
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Pre-published on: July 22, 2019
Published on: July 02, 2021
IceCube analyses which look for an astrophysical neutrino signal in the southern sky face a large background of atmospheric muons and neutrinos created by cosmic ray air showers. By selecting starting events in the southern sky, atmospheric muons and neutrinos with accompanying muons are rejected, producing a sample with high astrophysical neutrino purity at lower energies than northern sky samples. Our new selection method looks for muon tracks from a neutrino interaction with a vertex contained inside the detector volume by using the good pointing resolution of the track morphology to create an event specific veto region in the detector to reject entering tracks. This starting track event selection has a high astrophysical neutrino purity above 10 TeV at declinations less than -30$^{\circ}$ which makes it ideal for use as a southern sky realtime neutrino alert stream. We will discuss neutrino point source searches using this event selection and look at the advantages of the starting track alert stream for multimessenger astrophysics.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.358.0954
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