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GCN Circular 14749

GRB 130603B: Swift-XRT refined Analysis
2013-06-04T04:15:04Z (11 years ago)
Phil Evans at U of Leicester <>
J.A. Kennea (PSU), M.C. Stroh (PSU), D.N. Burrows (PSU), A.P. Beardmore
(U. Leicester), P.A. Evans (U. Leicester), B.P. Gompertz (U.
Leicester), G. Stratta (ASDC), P. D'Avanzo (INAF-OAB), V. D'Elia (ASDC)
and A. Melandri report on behalf of the Swift-XRT team:

We have analysed 6.6 ks of XRT data for GRB 130603B (Melandri  et al.
GCN Circ. 14735),  from 43 s to 28.2 ks after the  BAT trigger. The
data comprise 378 s in Windowed Timing (WT) mode (the first 9 s were
taken while Swift was slewing) with the remainder in Photon Counting
(PC) mode. The enhanced XRT position for this burst was given by Evans
et al. (GCN. Circ 14739).

The light curve can be modelled with an initial power-law decay with an
index of alpha=0.35 (+0.08, -0.09), followed by a break at T+2404 s to
an alpha of 1.46 (+0.13, -0.12).

A spectrum formed from the WT mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index	of 1.97 (+0.23, -0.22). The
best-fitting absorption column is  2.8 (+1.0, -0.8) x 10^21 cm^-2, in
excess of the Galactic value of 1.9 x 10^20 cm^-2 (Kalberla et al.
2005). The PC mode spectrum has a photon index of 2.21 (+0.18, -0.17)
and a best-fitting absorption column of 2.5 (+/-0.5) x 10^21 cm^-2. The
counts to observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux conversion factor
deduced from this spectrum  is 3.6 x 10^-11 (6.2 x 10^-11) erg cm^-2

A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Total column:	     2.5 (+/-0.5) x 10^21 cm^-2
Galactic foreground: 1.9 x 10^20 cm^-2
Excess significance: 7.7 sigma
Photon index:	     2.21 (+0.18, -0.17)

If the light curve continues to decay with a power-law decay index of
1.46, the count rate at T+24 hours will be 4.7 x 10^-3 count s^-1,
corresponding to an observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux of 1.7 x
10^-13 (2.9 x 10^-13) erg cm^-2 s^-1.

The results of the XRT-team automatic analysis are available at

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