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GCN Circular 12989

GRB 120226A: Fermi-LAT detection of a burst
2012-02-27T13:53:07Z (12 years ago)
Vlasios Vasileiou at LUPM/Fermi-LAT <>
V. Vasileiou (CNRS/IN2P3/LUPM) and J. L. Racusin (NASA/GSFC) report on behalf of
the Fermi-LAT team:

Fermi-LAT has detected high energy emission from GRB 120226A in ground analysis.
The GRB was triggered on by Fermi-GBM at 20:54:17.03 on Febuary 26, 2012
(trigger 351982459).

The GRB was significantly detected during the prompt phase only using a
non-standard LAT data selection most sensitive in the tens-of-MeV energy range,
with which over ~50 counts above background were detected within a 60 s interval
coinciding with the time of the GBM emission. This data selection has
insufficient spatial resolution to provide a reliable LAT localization.

However, the GRB became detectable with the standard LAT analysis techniques
only after data of longer time scales were accumulated. A preliminary
maximum-likelihood analysis of the E>100MeV P7SOURCE_V6 LAT data generated
during the first 1.9 ks after the GBM trigger (until the GRB became occulted by
the Earth) revealed a source with a ~4 sigma statistical significance,
corresponding to ~14 excess events. The source spectrum is best fit with a power
law of index -1.6+-0.3. Using this analysis, we obtained the best LAT on-ground
localization of:
RA(J2000) = 305.30 deg
Dec(J2000) = 40.75 deg
with an error radius 0.36 deg (90% containment, statistical error only), which
is 4 deg from the best GBM localization and ~37 deg with respect to the LAT
boresight at the time of the trigger. The GRB triggered an autonomous repoint of
the Fermi spacecraft bringing our best localization to ~12 deg from the LAT
boresight for 1.9 ks after the trigger. The burst position is close to the
Galactic plane at (l,b) = 78.5, 2.3 deg.

A Swift TOO has been requested.

The Fermi LAT point of contact for this burst is Vlasios Vasileiou

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