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GCN Circular 13071

GRB 120320A: Swift detection of a burst
2012-03-20T12:12:39Z (12 years ago)
Jamie A. Kennea at PSU/Swift-XRT <>
C. B. Markwardt (NASA/GSFC), W. H. Baumgartner (GSFC/UMBC),
S. Campana (INAF-OAB), M. M. Chester (PSU), V. D'Elia (ASDC),
P. A. Evans (U Leicester), B.P. Gompertz (U Leicester),
C. Guidorzi (U Ferrara), J. A. Kennea (PSU),
H. A. Krimm (CRESST/GSFC/USRA), N. P. M. Kuin (UCL-MSSL),
O. M. Littlejohns (U Leicester), V. Mangano (INAF-IASFPA),
F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC), A. Maselli (INAF-IASFPA),
P. T. O'Brien (U Leicester), J. P. Osborne (U Leicester),
C. Pagani (U Leicester), K. L. Page (U Leicester),
J. L. Racusin (NASA/GSFC), P. Romano (INAF-IASFPA),
T. Sakamoto (NASA/UMBC), B. Sbarufatti (INAF-OAB/PSU),
M. H. Siegel (PSU), R. L. C. Starling (U Leicester),
C. A. Swenson (PSU) and E. Troja (NASA/GSFC/ORAU) report on behalf of
the Swift Team:

At 11:56:15 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 120320A (trigger=518200).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 212.538, +8.685 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 14h 10m 09s
   Dec(J2000) = +08d 41' 06"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  The BAT light curve showed what appears to be
a series of peaks with a total duration of about 40 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~500 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~0 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 11:59:07.3 UT, 171.7 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find an uncatalogued
X-ray source with an enhanced position: RA, Dec 212.5177, 8.6969 which
is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 14h 10m 04.25s
   Dec(J2000) = +08d 41' 49.0"
with an uncertainty of 2.8 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 83 arcseconds from the BAT onboard position, within the BAT
error circle. This position may be improved as more data are received;
the latest position is available at  We
cannot determine whether the source is fading at the present time. 

A power-law fit to a spectrum formed from promptly downlinked event
data gives a column density consistent with the Galactic value of 2.02
x 10^20 cm^-2 (Kalberla et al. 2005). 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 174 seconds after the BAT trigger. No credible afterglow candidate has
been found in the initial data products. The 2.7'x2.7' sub-image covers 84% of
the XRT error circle. The typical 3-sigma upper limit has been about 19.6 mag. 
The 8'x8' region for the list of sources generated on-board covers 100% of the
XRT error circle. The list of sources is typically complete to about 18 mag. No
correction has been made for the expected extinction corresponding to E(B-V) of

Burst Advocate for this burst is C. B. Markwardt (Craig.Markwardt AT 
Please contact the BA by email if you require additional information
regarding Swift followup of this burst. In extremely urgent cases, after
trying the Burst Advocate, you can contact the Swift PI by phone (see
Swift TOO web site for information:
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