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GCN Circular 14716

GRB 130528A: Swift-XRT refined Analysis
2013-05-29T04:52:07Z (11 years ago)
Phil Evans at U of Leicester <>
A. Melandri (INAF-OAB), B. Sbarufatti (INAF-OAB/PSU), M.C. Stroh (PSU),
D.N. Burrows (PSU), J.A. Kennea (PSU), K.L. Page (U. Leicester), C.
Pagani (U. Leicester), A.P. Beardmore (U. Leicester), G. Stratta (ASDC)
and V. D'Elia report on behalf of the Swift-XRT team:

We have analysed 9.0 ks of XRT data for GRB 130528A (D'Elia  et al. GCN
Circ. 14711),  from 68 s to 22.8 ks after the  BAT trigger. The data
comprise 842 s in Windowed Timing (WT) mode with the remainder in
Photon Counting (PC) mode. The enhanced XRT position for this burst was
given by Goad et al. (GCN. Circ 14714).

The late-time light curve (from T0+4.9 ks) can be modelled with  a
power-law decay with a decay index of alpha=1.06 (+/-0.12).

A spectrum formed from the WT mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index	of 1.69 (+/-0.07). The
best-fitting absorption column is  3.6 (+/-0.3) x 10^21 cm^-2, in
excess of the Galactic value of 5.2 x 10^20 cm^-2 (Kalberla et al.
2005). The PC mode spectrum has a photon index of 1.92 (+/-0.15) and a
best-fitting absorption column of 3.6 (+/-0.6) x 10^21 cm^-2. The
counts to observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux conversion factor
deduced from this spectrum  is 4.4 x 10^-11 (6.9 x 10^-11) erg cm^-2

A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Total column:	     3.6 (+/-0.6) x 10^21 cm^-2
Galactic foreground: 5.2 x 10^20 cm^-2
Excess significance: 8.5 sigma
Photon index:	     1.92 (+/-0.15)

If the light curve continues to decay with a power-law decay index of
1.06, the count rate at T+24 hours will be 0.013 count s^-1,
corresponding to an observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux of 5.7 x
10^-13 (8.9 x 10^-13) erg cm^-2 s^-1.

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

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