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GCN Circular 4238

Subject
Konus-Wind observation of GRB 051109A
Date
2005-11-09T23:00:13Z (19 years ago)
From
Valentin Pal'shin at Ioffe Inst <val@mail.ioffe.ru>
S. Golenetskii, R.Aptekar, E. Mazets, V. Pal'shin, D. Frederiks, and
T. Cline on behalf of the Konus-Wind team report:

The long soft GRB 051109A (Swift-BAT trigger #163136;
Tagliaferri et al., GCN 4213, E. Fenimore et al., GCN 4217)
triggered Konus-Wind at T0= 4342.541 s UT (01:12:22.541).

As observed by Konus-Wind it had a single pulse with a duration
about ~11 sec and a long decaying tail.
This tail was seen up to ~130 sec after T0.

The preliminary analysis of the Konus-Wind
data gave the burst fluence 4.0(-3.4, +0.3)10^-6 erg/cm2,and
peak flux on 256-ms time scale 5.8(-4.9, +0.3)10^-7 erg/cm2/sec
(both in the 20 - 500 keV energy range).
These values are very uncertain due to weakness and softness
of the burst.

The K-W spectrum integrated over the most intense part of the GRB
(from T0 to T0+8.448 s) is well fitted (in the 20 - 500 keV range)
by a power law with exponential cutoff model:
dN/dE ~ E^(-alpha) * exp(-E/E0)
with alpha = 1.25 (-0.59, +0.44)
and E0 = 213 (-126, +246) keV (chi^2 = 56/56 dof).
The peak energy Ep = 161 (-58, +224) keV.

All the quoted errors are at the 90% confidence level.

Assuming z = 2.346 (Quimby et al., GCN 4221) and a standard cosmology
model with H_0 = 70 km/s/Mpc, Omega_M = 0.3, Omega_\Lambda = 0.7,
the isotropic energy release is E_iso ~5x10^52 erg,
the maximum luminosity is (L_iso)_max ~2.4x10^52 erg/s.

Further analysis and refinement is in progress.
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