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GCN Circular 24543

Subject
LIGO/Virgo S190513bm: Swift/BAT Counterpart Search
Date
2019-05-14T17:44:05Z (5 years ago)
From
Amy Lien at GSFC <amy.y.lien@nasa.gov>
S. D. Barthelmy (NASA/GSFC), A. Y. Lien (GSFC/UMBC),
D. M. Palmer (LANL), T. Sakamoto (AGU),
A. A. Breeveld (MSSL-UCL), A. P. Beardmore (U. Leicester),
D. N. Burrows (PSU), S. Campana (INAF-OAB), S. B. Cenko (NASA/GSFC),
G. Cusumano (INAF-IASF PA), A. D'Ai (INAF-IASFPA),
P. D'Avanzo (INAF-OAB), V. D'Elia(ASDC), S. Emery (UCL-MSSL),
P. A. Evans (U. Leicester), P. Giommi (ASI), C. Gronwall (PSU),
D. Hartmann (Clemson U.), J. A. Kennea (PSU), H. A. Krimm (NSF),
N. P. M. Kuin (UCL-MSSL), F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC),
A. Melandri (INAF-OAB), J. A. Nousek (PSU),
S. R. Oates (Uni. of Warwick), P. T. O'Brien (U. Leicester),
J. P. Osborne (U. Leicester), C. Pagani (U. Leicester),
K. L. Page (U.Leicester), M. Perri (ASDC),
J. L. Racusin (NASA/GSFC), B. Sbarufatti (INAF-OAB/PSU),
M. H. Siegel (PSU), G. Tagliaferri (INAF-OAB), A. Tohuvavohu (PSU),
E. Troja (NASA/GSFC/UMCP) report on behalf of the Swift team:

We report the search results in the BAT data within T0 +/- 100 s of the
LVC event S190513bm (LIGO/VIRGO Collaboration GCN Circ. 24522),
where T0 is the LVC trigger time (2019-05-13T20:54:28.747 UTC).

The center of the BAT FOV at T0 is
RA = 126.463 deg,
DEC = -20.241 deg,
ROLL = 292.213 deg.
The BAT Field of View (>10% partial coding) covers 0.00% of the integrated
LVC localization probability, and 0.00% of the galaxy convolved
probability (Evans et al. 2016).

Within T0 +/- 100 s, no significant detections (signal-to-noise ratio
>~ 5 sigma) are found in the BAT raw light curves with time bins of 64 ms,
1 s, and 1.6 s. The short spike around ~T0+278 s is due to noisy detectors.
Assuming an on-axis (100% coded) short GRB with a typical
spectrum in the BAT energy range (i.e., a simple power-law model with a
power-law index of -1.32, Lien & Sakamoto et al. 2016), the 5-sigma upper
limit in the 1-s binned light curve corresponds to a flux upper limit
(15-350 keV) of ~ 8.71 x 10^-8 erg/s/cm^2.

Event data are not available within T0 +/- 100 s.

BAT retains decreased, but significant, sensitivity to rate increases for
gamma-ray events outside of its FOV. About 61.63% of the integrated LVC
localization probability was outside of the BAT FOV but above the
Earth's limb from Swift's location, and the corresponding flux upper limits
for this region are within roughly an order of magnitude higher than those
within the FOV.

The results of the BAT analysis are available at
https://swift.gsfc.nasa.gov/results/BATbursts/team_web/S190513bm/web/source.html
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