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GCN Circular 33143

Subject
GRB 230102A: Detection by GRBAlpha
Date
2023-01-03T16:43:28Z (a year ago)
From
Marianna Dafcikova at Masaryk University <500025@mail.muni.cz>
M. Dafcikova, J. Ripa (Masaryk U.), A. Pal (Konkoly Observatory), N. Werner (Masaryk U.), M. Ohno, H. Takahashi (Hiroshima U.), L. Meszaros, B. Csak (Konkoly Observatory), N. Husarikova, F. Munz , M. Topinka, M. Kolar, J.-P. Breuer, F. Hroch (Masaryk U.), T. Urbanec, M. Kasal,  A. Povalac (Brno U. of Technology), J. Hudec, J. Kapus, M. Frajt (Spacemanic s.r.o), R. Laszlo, M. Koleda (Needronix s.r.o), M. Smelko, P. Hanak, P. Lipovsky (Technical U. of Kosice), G. Galgoczi (Wigner Research Center/Eotvos U.), Y. Uchida, H. Poon, H. Matake (Hiroshima U.), N. Uchida (ISAS/JAXA), T. Bozoki (Eotvos U.), G. Dalya (Eotvos U.), T. Enoto (Kyoto U.), Zs. Frei (Eotvos U.), G. Friss (Eotvos U.), Y. Fukazawa, K. Hirose (Hiroshima U.), S. Hisadomi (Nagoya U.), Y. Ichinohe (Rikkyo U.), K. Kapas (Eotvos U.), L. L. Kiss (Konkoly Observatory),  T. Mizuno (Hiroshima U.), K. Nakazawa (Nagoya U.), H. Odaka (Univ of Tokyo), J. Takatsy (Eotvos U.), K. Torigoe (Hiroshima U.), N. Kogiso, M. Yoneyama (Os
 aka Metropolitan U.), M. Moritaki (U. Tokyo), T. Kano (U. Michigan) -- the GRBAlpha collaboration.

The short-duration GRB 230102A (Fermi/GBM detection: GCN Circ. 33137; AGILE/MCAL detection: GCN Circ. 33138) was observed by the GRBAlpha 1U CubeSat (Pal et al. Proc. SPIE 2020).

The detection was confirmed at the peak time 2023-01-02 00:22:13 UTC. The light curve observed by GRBAlpha shows a spike within one 1 s bin. The SNR reaches 5.6.

The light curve obtained by GRBAlpha is available here:
https://grbalpha.konkoly.hu/static/share/GRB230102A_GCN.pdf

All GRBAlpha detections are listed at: https://monoceros.physics.muni.cz/hea/GRBAlpha/ 
GRBAlpha is a demonstration mission for a future CubeSats constellation (Werner et al. Proc. SPIE 2018). The detector of GRBAlpha consists of a 75 x 75 x 5 mm3 CsI scintillator read out by a SiPM array, covering the energy range from ~50 keV to ~1000 keV. GRBAlpha was launched on 2021 March 22 from Baikonur. After its commissioning phase, the scientific observations are now under way. To increase the duty cycle and the downlink rate, the upgrade of the on-board data acquisition software stack is in progress. The ground segment is also supported by the radio amateur community and it takes advantage of the SatNOGS network for increased data downlink volume.
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