P.A. Evans (U. Leicester), O.M. Littlejohns (U. Leicester), P. D'Avanzo
(INAF-OAB), V. D'Elia (ASDC), A. Maselli (INAF-IASFPA), M.C. Stroh
(PSU), D.N. Burrows (PSU), J.A. Kennea (PSU), J.P. Osborne (U.
Leicester) and B.N. Barlow report on behalf of the Swift-XRT team:
We have analysed 6.5 ks of XRT data for GRB 120811C (Barlow et al. GCN
Circ. 13622), from 56 s to 40.2 ks after the BAT trigger. The data
comprise 137 s in Windowed Timing (WT) mode (the first 8 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 13625).
The light curve can be modelled with a series of power-law decays. The
initial decay index is alpha=3.12 (+0.13, -0.14). At T+224 s the decay
flattens to an alpha of 0.44 (+0.12, -0.27) before breaking again at
T+1468 s to a final decay with index alpha=1.06 (+0.19, -0.09).
A spectrum formed from the WT mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index of 2.74 (+0.14, -0.13). The
best-fitting absorption column is 1.08 (+0.22, -0.20) x 10^21 cm^-2,
in excess of the Galactic value of 2.1 x 10^20 cm^-2 (Kalberla et al.
2005). The PC mode spectrum has a photon index of 2.00 (+/-0.15) and a
best-fitting absorption column of 8.8 (+3.4, -3.1) x 10^20 cm^-2. The
counts to observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux conversion factor
deduced from this spectrum is 3.6 x 10^-11 (4.5 x 10^-11) erg cm^-2
A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Total column: 8.8 (+3.4, -3.1) x 10^20 cm^-2
Galactic foreground: 2.1 x 10^20 cm^-2
Excess significance: 3.6 sigma
Photon index: 2.00 (+/-0.15)
The results of the XRT-team automatic analysis are available at
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