A model-independent analysis of neutrino flares detected in IceCube from X-ray selected blazars

17 Jul 2021  ·  Ankur Sharma, Erin O'Sullivan ·

Blazars are among the most powerful steady sources in the Universe. Multi-messenger searches for blazars have traditionally focused on their gamma-ray emission, which can be produced simultaneously with neutrinos in photohadronic interactions... However, X-ray data can be equally vital to constrain the SED of these sources, since the hadronically co-produced gamma-rays could get absorbed by the ambient photon fields and cascade down to X-ray energies before escaping. In this work, we present the outline for an untriggered, time-dependent analysis of neutrino flares from the direction of X-ray selected blazars using 10 years of IceCube data. A binomial test will be performed on the population to reveal if a subcategory of sources has statistically significant emission. The sources are selected from RomaBZCat, and the p-values and best-fit flare parameters are obtained for each source using the method of unbinned likelihood maximisation. read more

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High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena