N. R. Tanvir (U. Leicester), S. Vergani (GEPI/Obs. Paris and APC/Univ. Paris 7),
J. Hjorth, J. P. U. Fynbo, B. Milvang-Jensen, D. Malesani (DARK),
K. Wiersema (U. Leicester),�� P. Vreeswijk (Reykjavik), A. J. Levan (U. Warwick)
P. Goldoni (APC/Univ. Paris 7 and SAp/CEA), S. Covino (INAF/Brera), & L. A. Antonelli (INAF/Roma)
report on behalf of a larger collaboration:
We observed the location of possible short-hard GRB 100816A
(Oates et al. GCN 11102; Markwardt et al. GCN 11111; Norris et al. GCN 11116)
with VLT/X-Shooter on 2010 Aug 17 beginning 04:20 (UT).�� We clearly
detect the putative host galaxy of the burst, and identify lines of Halpha,
Hbeta,�� OII (3727), NII (6548/6583) and OIII (5007) in emission and CaII H&K
in absorption.�� In fact, the system splits (spectrally and spatially) into two
components at redshifts z=0.8034 and z=0.8049 (based on a provisional
wavelength calibration), possibly indicating an interacting system or reflecting
internal velocity components within a single galaxy.�� This redshift is inconsistent
with the tentative redshift for this galaxy suggested by Tanvir et al. (GCN 11116).
We have also re-analysed the Gemini-N GMOS afterglow spectroscopy initially
reported in GCN 11116.�� The trace shows faint absorption features
consistent with MgII (2797/2803A) doublet and FeII (2600A) at a redshift of
z=0.8035. The agreement of this redshift with that obtained for the galaxy from
the X-shooter data, strongly suggests that it is the host.�� We note that none of
the emission lines seen in the X-Shooter spectrum are within the spectral range
of the GMOS data.
We acknowledge the support of the VLT staff, in particular Giovanni Carraro.
[GCN OPS NOTE(19aug10): Per author's request, LAT was added to the author list.]