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GCN Circular 15303

Subject
GRB 131004A: Swift detection of a burst (may be short)
Date
2013-10-04T21:53:57Z (10 years ago)
From
David Palmer at LANL <palmer@lanl.gov>
L. M. Z. Hagen (PSU), D. N. Burrows (PSU), V. D'Elia (ASDC),
N. Gehrels (NASA/GSFC), J. A. Kennea (PSU), V. Mangano (PSU),
F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC) and B. Sbarufatti (INAF-OAB/PSU) report on
behalf of the Swift Team:

At 21:41:03 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 131004A (trigger=573190).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 296.151, -2.960 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 19h 44m 36s
   Dec(J2000) = -02d 57' 35"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  The BAT light curve showed a single-peaked
structure with a duration of about 2 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~8500 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~0 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 21:42:13.4 UT, 70.0 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find an uncatalogued
X-ray source located at RA, Dec 296.11549, -2.95806 which is equivalent
to:
   RA(J2000)  = 19h 44m 27.72s
   Dec(J2000) = -02d 57' 29.0"
with an uncertainty of 3.6 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 127 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
http://www.swift.ac.uk/sper. 

A power-law fit to a spectrum formed from promptly downlinked event
data gives a column density in excess of the Galactic value (6.97 x
10^20 cm^-2, Kalberla et al. 2005), with an excess column of 4.5
(+2.61/-2.22) x 10^21 cm^-2 (90% confidence). 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 75 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 none of
the XRT error circle. The 8'x8' region for the list of sources generated
on-board covers 100% of the BAT 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 0.28. 

Burst Advocate for this burst is L. M. Z. Hagen (lea.zernow.hagen AT gmail.com). 
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: http://www.swift.psu.edu/too.html.)
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