12-20 July 2017
Asia/Seoul timezone
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BEXCO - Room F(201/202/203/204)

[NU071] Time-dependent search of neutrino emission from bright gamma-ray flaring blazars with the ANTARES telescope


  • Agustin SÁNCHEZ LOSA

Primary authors



The ANTARES telescope is well suited for detecting astrophysical transient neutrino sources as it can observe with high duty cycle an instantaneous field of view of 2pi. The background due to atmospheric particles can be drastically reduced, and the point-source sensitivity improved, by selecting a narrow time window around possible neutrino production periods. Blazars, being radio-loud active galactic nuclei with their jets pointing almost directly towards the observer, are particularly attractive potential neutrino point sources, since they are among the most likely sources of the very high-energy cosmic rays. Neutrinos and gamma rays may be produced in hadronic interactions with the surrounding medium. Moreover, blazars generally show high time variability in their light curves at different wavelengths and on various time scales. A time-dependent analysis has been applied to a selection of flaring gamma-ray blazars observed by the FERMI/LAT experiment and by TeV imaging Cherenkov telescopes using ANTARES data. The results of these searches are presented. Upper limits on neutrino fluxes, their comparisons with the published gamma-ray spectral energy distribution and with prediction from astrophysical models are also reported.