The Dawn of Multimessenger Astronomy

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The realization of multimessenger astrophysics is opening up a new field of exploration of the most energetic phenomena in the universe. Astrophysical messengers associated with each of the four fundamental forces reach detectors buried deep underground or underwater, spread across wide swaths of land, and orbiting high above us in space. Recent detection of coincident real-Time signals amongst these experiments heralds the birth of high-energy multimessenger astronomy and enables us to begin exploring and understanding their astrophysical sources. The Astrophysical Multimessenger Observatory Network (AMON) is currently linking multiple current and future high-energy neutrino, cosmic ray, gamma ray and gravitational wave observatories into a single virtual system, facilitating real-Time coincidence searches for multimessenger astrophysical transients. AMON will generate alerts that will enable rapid follow-up of potential electromagnetic counterparts. We present the science case, design elements, partner observatories, and status of AMON.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012001
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 20 2020
Event15th International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics, TAUP 2017 - Sudbury, Canada
Duration: Jun 24 2017Jun 28 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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