Search for multimessenger sources of gravitational waves and high-energy neutrinos with Advanced LIGO during its first observing run, ANTARES, and IceCube

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  • LIGO Scientific Collaboration
  • Virgo Collaboration

External organisations

  • IN2P3
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
  • Sezione di Genova
  • Universidad Politecnica de Valencia
  • CNRS, CRAN UMR 7039 France
  • Fundació General de la Universitat de Valencia (FGUV)
  • Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille
  • National Center for Energy Sciences and Nuclear Techniques
  • Laboratori Nazionali Del Sud (LNS)
  • Institution Nikhef National Institute for Subatomic Physics
  • Leiden University
  • University Mohammed v in Rabat
  • Institute of Space Science
  • University of Amsterdam
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy and INFN
  • University of Rome La Sapienza
  • Gran Sasso Science Institute
  • Cadi Ayyad University FSSM
  • Sezione di Bologna
  • Sezione di Bari
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA)
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Oregon
  • Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
  • University of Melbourne


Astrophysical sources of gravitational waves, such as binary neutron star and black hole mergers or core-collapse supernovae, can drive relativistic outflows, giving rise to non-thermal high-energy emission. High-energy neutrinos are signatures of such outflows. The detection of gravitational waves and high-energy neutrinos from common sources could help establish the connection between the dynamics of the progenitor and the properties of the outflow. We searched for associated emission of gravitational waves and high-energy neutrinos from astrophysical transients with minimal assumptions using data from Advanced LIGO from its first observing run O1, and data from the Antares and IceCube neutrino observatories from the same time period. We focused on candidate events whose astrophysical origins could not be determined from a single messenger. We found no significant coincident candidate, which we used to constrain the rate density of astrophysical sources dependent on their gravitational-wave and neutrino emission processes.


Original languageEnglish
Article number134
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2019


  • gravitational waves, neutrinos