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GCN Circular 11968

GRB 110422A: Swift-XRT refined Analysis
2011-04-23T11:27:20Z (13 years ago)
Vanessa Mangano at INAF-IASFPA <>
V. Mangano (INAF-IASFPA) and B. Sbarufatti (INAF OAB/INAF IASFPA)
report on behalf of the Swift-XRT team:

We have analysed 3.5 ks of XRT data for GRB 110422A (Mangano  et al.
GCN Circ. 11957), from 804 s to 12.7 ks after the  BAT trigger. The
data comprise 394 s in Windowed Timing (WT) mode (the first 9 s were
taken while Swift was slewing) with the remainder in Photon Counting
(PC) mode. The enhanced XRT position for this burst was given by Evans
et al. (GCN. Circ 11965).

The light curve can be modelled with an initial power-law decay with an
index of alpha=1.02 (+/-0.03), followed by a break at T+7585 s to an
alpha of 2.2 (+0.5, -0.4).

A spectrum formed from the WT mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index	of 1.99 (+/-0.09). The
best-fitting absorption column is  1.94 (+0.26, -0.24) x 10^21 cm^-2,
in excess of the Galactic value of 4.2 x 10^20 cm^-2 (Kalberla et al.
2005). The PC mode spectrum has a photon index of 2.13 (+0.11, -0.10)
and a best-fitting absorption column of 2.28 (+0.31, -0.29) x 10^21
cm^-2. The counts to observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux conversion
factor deduced from this spectrum  is 3.9 x 10^-11 (6.3 x 10^-11) erg
cm^-2 count^-1. 

A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Total column:	     2.28 (+0.31, -0.29) x 10^21 cm^-2
Galactic foreground: 4.2 x 10^20 cm^-2
Excess significance: 12.8 sigma
Photon index:	     2.13 (+0.11, -0.10)

The results of the XRT-team automatic analysis are available at

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