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GCN Circular 14678

GRB 130518A: Swift XRT and UVOT possible afterglow
2013-05-19T16:05:05Z (11 years ago)
Phil Evans at U of Leicester <>
P.A. Evans (U.Leicester), M. de Pasquale (MSSL/UCL), M.C. Stroh (PSU)
and M. H. Siegel (PSU) report on behalf of the Swift team:

Swift conducted a series of observations, tiled on the sky, of the
Fermi/LAT GRB 130518A. In these observations we find an uncatalogued
source at RA,Dec = 355.6658, +47.4653 degrees (J2000.0) which is
equivalent to:

RA(J2000.0) =    23h 42m 39.79s
Dec (J2000.0) = +47d 27' 55.2"

with an uncertainty of 3.6 arcsec (radius, 90% confidence).

This source shows weak evidence of fading: a power-law fit gives a decay
index of 0.66 (+/- 0.80); at this level we therefore cannot confirm
whether this is the afterglow of GRB 130518A.

The spectrum of this source can be fitted with an absorbed power-law
with a spectral index of 2.5 (+0.8, -0.6). The best-fitting absorption
column is 2.4 (+2.2, -1.4) x 10^21 cm^-2, consistent with the Galactic
value of 1.0 x 10^21 cm^-2 (Kalberla et al., 2005).

UVOT observed the field of the XRT source in u filter between 30.5 ks
and 59.9 ks after the trigger, for a total exposure time of 2.7 ks. We
detect an optical object with magnitude  u = 19.0 � 0.1 just outside the
3.6 arcsec XRT error circle. The source shows weak indication of  fading
between the beginning and the end of observations.

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