A New Search for Neutrino Point Sources with IceCube [article]

Chiara Bellenghi, Theo Glauch, Christian Haack, Tomas Kontrimas, Hans Niederhausen, Rene Reimann, Martin Wolf
2021 arXiv   pre-print
The IceCube Neutrino Observatory, deployed inside the deep glacial ice at the South Pole, is the largest neutrino telescope in the world. While eight years have passed since IceCube discovered a diffuse flux of high-energy astrophysical neutrinos, the sources of the vast majority of these neutrinos remain unknown. Here, we present a new search for neutrino point sources that improves the accuracy of the statistical analysis, especially in the low energy regime. We replaced the usual Gaussian
more » ... roximations of IceCube's point spread function with precise numerical representations, obtained from simulations, and combined them with new machine learning-based estimates of event energies and angular errors. Depending on the source properties, the new analysis provides improved source localization, flux characterization and thereby discovery potential (by up to 30%) over previous works. The analysis will be applied to IceCube data that has been recorded with the full 86-string detector configuration from 2011 to 2020 and includes improved detector calibration.
arXiv:2107.08700v2 fatcat:bsfi3s7mjvgilfoujtwjrwje4u