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GCN Circular 8065

Subject
GRB080804: Gemini South redshift confirmation
Date
2008-08-05T15:34:42Z (16 years ago)
From
Antonino Cucchiara at PSU <cucchiara@astro.psu.edu>
A. Cucchiara, D. B. Fox (Penn State), S. B. Cenko (Caltech) and E. Berger
(Harvard U.) report on behalf of a larger collaboration:

Starting at 01:27 UT on 2008 August 5 we observed  the optical counterpart
of GRB 080804 (Rujopakarn et al., GCN 8056, Racusin et al., GCN 8057) using
Gemini-South with GMOS spectrograph (R~1200).
We acquired 2x900s spectra which covered the wavelength range 4000A-8000A
and 2x900s spectra covering the range 6000A-10000A.

We detect some of the metal absorption features identified by Thoene et al.
(GCN 8058), like FeII (1608, 2260), NiII (1741 and 1751) and we also detect
MgII doublet (2796,2803). We also detect part of the red wing of the Lyman
break indicating a possible DLA associated with the grb host galaxy.

All these features confirm that the grb redshift is z = 2.20.

We thank the Gemini staff for conducting these observations.
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