Vol 18, No 11 (2018) / Yang

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A global analysis searching for neutrinos associated with black hole merger gravitational wave events

Yu-Zi Yang, Jia-Jie Ling, Wei Wang, Zhao-Kan Cheng

Abstract

Several neutrino observatories have searched for coincident neutrino signals associated with gravitational waves induced by the merging of two black holes. No statistically significant neutrino signal in excess of the background level was observed. These experiments use different neutrino detection technologies and are sensitive to various neutrino types. A combined analysis was performed on the KamLAND, Super-Kamiokande and Borexino experimental data with a frequentist statistical approach to achieve a global picture of the associated neutrino fluence. Both monochromatic and Fermi-Dirac neutrino spectra were assumed in the calculation. The final results are consistent with null neutrino signals associated with the process of a binary black hole merger. The derived 90% confidence level upper limits on the fluence and luminosity of various neutrino types are presented for neutrino energy less than 110 MeV.

Keywords


gravitational wave — black hole merger — neutrino fluence — global analysis

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1674–4527/18/11/132

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