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GCN Circular 20176

GRB 161113A: Swift-XRT refined Analysis
2016-11-15T08:12:35Z (8 years ago)
Paolo D'Avanzo at INAF-OAB <>
J.P. Osborne (U. Leicester), K.L. Page (U. Leicester), A. Melandri
(INAF-OAB), P. D'Avanzo (INAF-OAB), V. D'Elia (ASDC), B. Sbarufatti
(INAF-OAB/PSU), D.N. Burrows (PSU), T.G.R. Roegiers (PSU), B. Mingo (U.
Leicester) report on behalf of the Swift-XRT team:

We have analysed 23 ks of XRT data for GRB 161113A (D'Avanzo et al. GCN
Circ. 20172), from 42 s to 74.9 ks after the  BAT trigger. The data
comprise 118 s in Windowed Timing (WT) mode (the first 8 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. 20174).

The light curve can be modelled with a series of power-law decays. The
initial decay index is alpha=2.52 (+0.25, -0.28). At T+109 s  the decay
steepens to an alpha of 6.0 (+0.5, -0.4) before breaking again at T+272
s to a final decay with index alpha=0.45 (+0.04, -0.05).

A spectrum formed from the WT mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index	of 2.82 (+/-0.09). The
best-fitting absorption column is  3.63 (+0.29, -0.27) x 10^21 cm^-2,
in excess of the Galactic value of 2.1 x 10^20 cm^-2 (Willingale et al.
2013). The PC mode spectrum has a photon index of 2.03 (+0.22, -0.21)
and a best-fitting absorption column of 1.2 (+0.6, -0.5) x 10^21 cm^-2.
The counts to observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux conversion factor
deduced from this spectrum  is 3.3 x 10^-11 (4.1 x 10^-11) erg cm^-2

A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Total column:	     1.2 (+0.6, -0.5) x 10^21 cm^-2
Galactic foreground: 2.1 x 10^20 cm^-2
Excess significance: 3.0 sigma
Photon index:	     2.03 (+0.22, -0.21)

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

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