Search for Extraterrestrial Point Sources of Neutrinos with AMANDA-II

J. Ahrens, X. Bai, S. W. Barwick, T. Becka, J. K. Becker, E. Bernardini, D. Bertrand, F. Binon, A. Biron, D. J. Boersma, S. Böser, O. Botner, A. Bouchta, O. Bouhali, T. Burgess, S. Carius, T. Castermans, A. Chen, D. Chirkin, B. CollinJ. Conrad, J. Cooley, D. F. Cowen, A. Davour, C. De Clercq, T. DeYoung, P. Desiati, J. P. Dewulf, P. Ekström, T. Feser, T. K. Gaisser, R. Ganugapati, M. Gaug, H. Geenen, L. Gerhardt, A. Goldschmidt, A. Groß, A. Hallgren, F. Halzen, K. Hanson, R. Hardtke, T. Harenberg, T. Hauschildt, K. Helbing, M. Hellwig, P. Herquet, G. C. Hill, D. Hubert, B. Hughey, P. O. Hulth, K. Hultqvist, S. Hundertmark, J. Jacobsen, A. Karle, M. Kestel, L. Köpke, M. Kowalski, K. Kuehn, J. I. Lamoureux, H. Leich, M. Leuthold, P. Lindahl, I. Liubarsky, J. Madsen, K. Mandli, P. Marciniewski, H. S. Matis, C. P. McParland, T. Messarius, Y. Minaeva, P. Miočinović, R. Morse, K. Münich, R. Nahnhauer, T. Neunhöffer, P. Niessen, D. R. Nygren, H. Ögelman, Ph Olbrechts, C. Pérez de los Heros, A. C. Pohl, R. Porrata, P. B. Price, G. T. Przybylski, K. Rawlins, E. Resconi, W. Rhode, M. Ribordy, S. Richter, J. Rodríguez Martino, H. G. Sander, K. Schinarakis, S. Schlenstedt, T. Schmidt, D. Schneider, R. Schwarz, A. Silvestri, M. Solarz, G. M. Spiczak, C. Spiering, M. Stamatikos, D. Steele, P. Steffen, R. G. Stokstad, K. H. Sulanke, I. Taboada, L. Thollander, S. Tilav, W. Wagner, C. Walck, Y. R. Wang, C. H. Wiebusch, C. Wiedemann, R. Wischnewski, H. Wissing, K. Woschnagg, G. Yodh

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Abstract

We present the results of a search for point sources of high-energy neutrinos in the northern hemisphere using AMANDA-II data collected in the year 2000. Included are flux limits on several active-galactic-nuclei blazars, microquasars, magnetars, and other candidate neutrino sources. A search for excesses above a random background of cosmic-ray-induced atmospheric neutrinos and misreconstructed downgoing cosmic-ray muons reveals no statistically significant neutrino point sources. We show that AMANDA-II has achieved the sensitivity required to probe known TeV [Formula presented]-ray sources such as the blazar Markarian 501 in its 1997 flaring state at a level where neutrino and [Formula presented]-ray fluxes are equal.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume92
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Ahrens, J., Bai, X., Barwick, S. W., Becka, T., Becker, J. K., Bernardini, E., Bertrand, D., Binon, F., Biron, A., Boersma, D. J., Böser, S., Botner, O., Bouchta, A., Bouhali, O., Burgess, T., Carius, S., Castermans, T., Chen, A., Chirkin, D., ... Yodh, G. (2004). Search for Extraterrestrial Point Sources of Neutrinos with AMANDA-II. Physical Review Letters, 92(7). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.92.071102