Multimessenger observations of a flaring blazar coincident with high-energy neutrino IceCube-170922A
Previous detections of individual astrophysical sources of neutrinos are limited to the Sun and the supernova 1987A, whereas the origins of the diffuse flux of high-energy cosmic neutrinos remain unidentified. On 22 September 2017, we detected a high-energy neutrino, IceCube-170922A, with an energy of e290 tera-electron volts. Its arrival direction was consistent with the location of a known g-ray blazar, TXS 0506+056, observed to be in a flaring state. An extensive multiwavelength campaign followed, ranging from radio frequencies to g-rays. These observations characterize the variability and energetics of the blazar and include the detection of TXS 0506+056 in very-high-energy g-rays. This observation of a neutrino in spatial coincidence with a g-ray-emitting blazar during an active phase suggests that blazars may be a source of high-energy neutrinos.
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Aartsen, M., Ackermann, M., Adams, J., Aguilar, J., Ahlers, M., Ahrens, M., Al Samarai, I., Altmann, D., Andeen, K., Anderson, T., Ansseau, I., Anton, G., Argüelles, C., Auffenberg, J., Axani, S., Bagherpour, H., Bai, X., Barron, J., Barwick, S., Baum, V., Bay, R., Beatty, J., Becker Tjus, J., Becker, K., Benzvi, S., Berley, D., Bernardini, E., Besson, D., Binder, G., Bindig, D., Blaufuss, E., Blot, S., & Bohm, C. (2018). Multimessenger observations of a flaring blazar coincident with high-energy neutrino IceCube-170922A. Science, 361 (6398) https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aat1378