VERITAS follow-up observation of the blazar TXS 0506+056

VERITAS collaboration

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The gamma-ray blazar TXS 0506+056 was found with an enhanced gamma-ray emission state in spatial and temporal coincidence with the IceCube high energy neutrino event IC170922A. This is the most significant association by far between a high-energy neutrino event and a blazar in a flaring state. Studying the time evolution and spectral behavior of the blazar emission may help in identifying the sources of the diffuse neutrino flux observed by IceCube and the origin of energetic cosmic rays. TXS 0506+056 was detected by the VERITAS gamma-ray observatory with a significance of 5.8 standard deviations above 110 GeV in a 35 hour data set collected between September 23, 2017 and February 6, 2018. Here we will present results from recent VERITAS observations and an associated multiwavelength campaign, collected between October 10, 2018 to March 1, 2021. A relatively quiet very high energy gamma-ray emission state was observed during this time period, and flux upper limits are used to constrain the potential variability of this blazar.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number945
JournalProceedings of Science
StatePublished - Mar 18 2022
Event37th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2021 - Virtual, Berlin, Germany
Duration: Jul 12 2021Jul 23 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General


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