Complementarity of Stacking and Multiplet Constraints on the Blazar Contribution to the Cumulative High-energy Neutrino Intensity

Chengchao Yuan, Kohta Murase, Peter Mészáros

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Abstract

We investigate the blazar contribution to the cumulative neutrino intensity assuming a generic relationship between neutrino and gamma-ray luminosities,. Using the gamma-ray luminosity functions for blazars, including flat-spectrum radio quasars (FSRQs) and BL Lac objects, as well as the Fermi-LAT detection efficiency, we estimate contributions from blazars resolved by Fermi-LAT as well as the unresolved counterpart. Combining the existing upper limits from stacking analyses, the cumulative neutrino flux from all blazars (including Fermi-LAT resolved and unresolved ones) are constrained in the range 0 ≲ γ lw ≲ 2.5. We also evaluate the effects of the redshift evolution and the effective local number densities for each class of FSRQs, BL Lacs, and all blazars, on which we place another type of constraints on the blazar contribution using the nondetection of high-energy neutrino multiplets. We demonstrate that these two upper limits are complementary, and that the joint consideration of the stacking and multiplet analyses not only supports the argument that blazars are disfavored as the dominant sources of the 100 TeV neutrino background, but also extends it by including Fermi-LAT-unresolved blazars as well, for a more generic luminosity correlation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number25
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume890
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 10 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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