Searching for Optical Counterparts to High-Energy Neutrino Sources with the Zwicky Transient Facility
DESY, D-15735 Zeuthen, Germany
Published online: 10 May 2019
The IceCube neutrino observatory has discovered a flux of extragalactic neutrinos. However, the origin of these neutrinos is still unknown. Among the possible candidates are Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs), Core-Collapse Supernovae (SNe), Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and Tidal Disruption Events (TDEs) - all are accompanied by a characteristic optical counterpart. The goal of this study is thus to identify the neutrino sources by detecting their optical counterparts with the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF). ZTF features a high cadence northern-sky survey enabling realtime correlation of optical transients with high-energy neutrino candidates. In this talk I will highlight the multimessenger potential of ZTF for an online neutrino correlation study with Ice- Cube.
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