PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 444 - 38th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2023) - Neutrino Astronomy & Physics (NU)
The Targets of Opportunity Source Catalog for the EUSO-SPB2 Mission
H. Wistrand*, T. Heibges, J.A. Posligua, C. Guépin, M. Hall Reno and T. M. Venters
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The Extreme Universe Space Observatory on a Super Pressure Balloon 2 (EUSO-SPB2) mission was designed to take optical measurements of extensive air showers (EASs) from suborbital space. The EUSO-SPB2 payload includes an optical Cherenkov Telescope (CT), which searches above and below the Earth’s limb. Above the limb, the CT measures Cherenkov light from PeV-scale EASs induced by cosmic rays. Below the limb, the CT searches for upwards-going Cherenkov emission from PeV-scale EASs induced by tau neutrinos, to follow up on astrophysical Targets of Opportunity (ToO). ​​Target candidates include gamma-ray bursts, tidal disruption events, and - after the start of the O4 observation run from Ligo-Virgo-Kagra - binary neutron star mergers. Reported here is the selection and prioritization of relevant ToOs from alert networks such as the General Coordinates Network, Transient Name Server, and Astronomer Telegrams, and the translation to a viewing schedule for EUSO-SPB2. EUSO-SPB2 launched on a NASA super pressure balloon in May of 2023 from Wanaka, NZ.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.444.1185
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