P. D'Avanzo (INAF-OAB), M. G. Bernardini (INAF-OAB), V. D'Elia (ASDC),
P. A. Evans (U Leicester), P. T. O'Brien (U Leicester),
K. L. Page (U Leicester), D. M. Palmer (LANL) and
B. Sbarufatti (INAF-OAB/PSU) report on behalf of the Swift Team:
At 09:12:36 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 140515A (trigger=599037). Swift slewed immediately to the burst.
The BAT on-board calculated location is
RA, Dec 186.036, +15.077 which is
RA(J2000) = 12h 24m 09s
Dec(J2000) = +15d 04' 38"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including
systematic uncertainty). The BAT light curve showed a double-peaked
structure with a duration of about 30 sec. The peak count rate
was ~1200 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~0 sec after the trigger.
The XRT began observing the field at 09:13:52.4 UT, 75.8 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find a fading,
uncatalogued X-ray source with an enhanced position: RA, Dec 186.0639,
15.1045 which is equivalent to:
RA(J2000) = 12h 24m 15.35s
Dec(J2000) = +15d 06' 16.4"
with an uncertainty of 2.2 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 138 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
A power-law fit to a spectrum formed from promptly downlinked event
data gives a column density consistent with the Galactic value of 2.54
x 10^20 cm^-2 (Willingale et al. 2013).
UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 79 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 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 0.02.
Burst Advocate for this burst is P. D'Avanzo (paolo.davanzo AT brera.inaf.it).
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.)