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GCN Circular 8539

GRB 081121: Swift-BAT refined analysis
2008-11-22T00:09:10Z (16 years ago)
Scott Barthelmy at NASA/GSFC <>
T. Sakamoto (GSFC/UMBC), S. D. Barthelmy (GSFC), W. H. Baumgartner (GSFC/UMBC),
J. R. Cummings (GSFC/UMBC), E. E. Fenimore (LANL), N. Gehrels (GSFC),
H. A. Krimm (GSFC/USRA), C. B. Markwardt (GSFC/UMD), S. R. Oates (UCL-MSSL),
D. M. Palmer (LANL), G. Sato (ISAS), M. Stamatikos (GSFC/ORAU),
J. Tueller (GSFC), T. N. Ukwatta (GWU)
(i.e. the Swift-BAT team):
Using the data set from T-119 to T+271 sec from the recent telemetry downlink,
we report further analysis of BAT GRB 081121 (trigger #335105)
(Oates, et al., GCN Circ. 8537).  The BAT ground-calculated position is
RA, Dec = 89.282, -60.612 deg, which is 
   RA(J2000)  =  05h 57m 07.7s 
   Dec(J2000) = -60d 36' 42.1" 
with an uncertainty of 1.4 arcmin, (radius, sys+stat, 90% containment).
The partial coding was 5%.
The mask-weighted light curve shows an approximately square-shaped pulse
with a trailing spike.  The pulse starts at ~T-10 sec and ends at ~T=15 sec.
There is a hint of low-level precursor emission starting before T-119 sec
(the beginning of the saved event-by-event data).
T90 (15-350 keV) is 14 +- 2 sec (estimated error including systematics).
The time-averaged spectrum from T-2.8 to T+12.9 sec is best fit by a power law
with an exponential cutoff.  This fit gives a photon index 0.43 +- 0.54, 
and Epeak of 123 +- 69 keV (chi squared 44.9 for 56 d.o.f.).  For this
model the total fluence in the 15-150 keV band is 4.1 +- 0.3 x 10^-6 erg/cm2
and the 1-sec peak flux measured from T+6.94 sec in the 15-150 keV band is
4.4 +- 1.0 ph/cm2/sec.  A fit to a simple power law gives a photon index
of 1.21 +- 0.12 (chi squared 52.0 for 57 d.o.f.).  All the quoted errors
are at the 90% confidence level. 
The results of the batgrbproduct analysis are available at
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