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GCN Circular 10045

Konus-RF observation of GRB 091018
2009-10-19T21:35:13Z (15 years ago)
Valentin Pal'shin at Ioffe Inst <>
S. Golenetskii, R.Aptekar, E. Mazets, V. Pal'shin, D. Frederiks,
P. Oleynik, M. Ulanov, and D. Svinkin on behalf of
the Konus-RF team, report:

The soft GRB 091018 (Swift-BAT trigger #373172: Stamatikos et al.,
GCN 10034, Markwardt et al., GCN 10040) triggered Konus-RF
at T0=74900.651 s UT (20:48:20.651).

The burst light curve shows a single pulse with a duration of ~5 s.

As observed by Konus-RF the burst
had a fluence of 1.44(-0.16, +0.19)x10^-6 erg/cm2,
and a 256-ms peak flux measured from T0-0.280 s
of 4.32(-0.94, +0.97)x10^-7 erg/cm2/s
(both in the 20 keV - 1 MeV energy range).

The time-integrated spectrum of the burst (from T0-2s to T0+3s)
is well fitted (in the 10 keV - 1 MeV range)
by a power law with exponential cutoff model:
dN/dE ~ (E^alpha)*exp(-E*(2+alpha)/Ep), with
alpha = -1.53(-0.39, +0.59),  and
Ep = 28(-16, +10) keV (chi2 = 83.4/94 dof).
Fitting by GRB (Band) model yields the same alpha and Ep,
and only an upper limit on the high energy
photon index: beta < -2.44 (chi2 = 81.7/93 dof).

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

Assuming z = 0.971 (Chen et al., GCN 10038) and
a standard cosmology model with H_0 = 70 km/s/Mpc, Omega_M = 0.27,
Omega_Lambda = 0.73, the isotropic energy release E_iso ~3.7x10^51 erg,
the peak luminosity (L_iso)_max ~2.2x10^51 erg/s,
and Ep_rest ~55 keV.

The Konus-RF light curve of this GRB is available
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