AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 164 Neutrinos, SNe, GRBs, Acceleration, Nucleosynthesis
Oral, Thursday, January 13, 2005, 2:00-3:30pm, Golden Ballroom

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[164.02] The Search for Neutrinos from Gamma-Ray Bursts with AMANDA

K. Kuehn (U of California, Irvine), AMANDA Collaboration

The Antarctic Muon and Neutrino Detector Array (AMANDA) is a neutrino telescope consisting of hundreds of photomultiplier tubes housed in optical modules more than a kilometer below the surface of the ice at the South Pole. Since 1997, AMANDA has been searching for the Cherenkov light induced by cosmic-ray neutrinos traveling through the earth; during its period of observation, AMANDA has sought to detect both diffuse and point sources of neutrino emission. We report here the results of AMANDA's search for gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) that have been localized via photon observations by various satellite- and ground-based telescopes. AMANDA's enormous collecting area and multi-year baseline, coupled with a nearly background-free search, result in the most comprehensive test for GRB neutrino emission to date. The impact of AMANDA's observations on theoretical models of GRB neutrino production are discussed, and the outlook for the next decade of neutrino astronomy is also briefly addressed.

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