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GCN Circular 23981

Subject
GRB 190320A: Swift-XRT refined Analysis
Date
2019-03-20T11:55:11Z (5 years ago)
From
Phil Evans at U of Leicester <pae9@leicester.ac.uk>
K.L. Page (U. Leicester), V. D'Elia (ASDC), A. D'Ai (INAF-IASFPA), A.
Melandri (INAF-OAB), D.N. Burrows (PSU), A. Tohuvavohu (PSU), S. J.
LaPorte (PSU), A.P. Beardmore (U. Leicester), P.A. Evans (U. Leicester)
and J.D. Gropp report on behalf of the Swift-XRT team:

We have analysed 6.8 ks of XRT data for GRB 190320A (Gropp et al. GCN
Circ. 23973), from 2.8 ks to 22.2 ks after the	BAT trigger. The data
are entirely in Photon Counting (PC) mode. The enhanced XRT position
for this burst was given by Osborne et al. (GCN Circ. 23977).

The light curve can be modelled with a power-law decay with a decay
index of alpha=1.26 (+0.17, -0.16).

A spectrum formed from the PC mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index of 2.06 (+0.33, -0.21). The
best-fitting absorption column is  3.33 (+1.48, -0.19) x 10^21 cm^-2,
consistent with the Galactic value of 3.1 x 10^21 cm^-2 (Willingale et
al. 2013). The counts to observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux
conversion factor deduced from this spectrum  is 3.6 x 10^-11 (5.7 x
10^-11) erg cm^-2 count^-1. 

A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Total column:	     3.33 (+1.48, -0.19) x 10^21 cm^-2
Galactic foreground: 3.1 x 10^21 cm^-2
Excess significance: <1.6 sigma
Photon index:	     2.06 (+0.33, -0.21)

If the light curve continues to decay with a power-law decay index of
1.26, the count rate at T+24 hours will be 2.1 x 10^-3 count s^-1,
corresponding to an observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux of 7.5 x
10^-14 (1.2 x 10^-13) erg cm^-2 s^-1.

The results of the XRT-team automatic analysis are available at
http://www.swift.ac.uk/xrt_products/00893808.

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