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GCN Circular 16279

Subject
GRB 140515A: Spectroscopy from the 10.4m GTC
Date
2014-05-16T02:49:04Z (10 years ago)
From
Antonio de Ugarte Postigo at IAA-CSIC <deugarte@iaa.es>
A. de Ugarte Postigo (IAA-CSIC, DARK/NBI), J. Gorosabel (IAA-CSIC,
UPV-EHU), C.C. Thoene (IAA-CSIC), A. Cabrera-Lavers, D. Reverte and C.
Alvarez (IAC-ULL) report on behalf of a larger collaboration:


We have obtained spectroscopic observations of the afterglow of GRB 140415A
(D'Avanzo et al., GCN 16267; Chornock et al. GCN 16269; Fong et al. GCN
16274; de Ugarte Postigo et al. GCN 16278) using the 10.4m GTC telescope
(+OSIRIS). Our observation started at 22:37 UT (13.41 hr after the burst),
with a seeing of 0.6", and consisted of 3x1800s exposures using grism
R2500I, which covers the range between 7330 and 10000 A at a resolution of
~2500.


In a preliminary reduction we detect a strong continuum above 8900 A, with
no significant absorption features. The sharp decay below 8900 A is
consistent with Ly-alpha absorption at the redshift of 6.32 suggested by
Chornock et al. (GCN 16269). The transmission of the Ly-forest is low, but
some emission is detected down to the blue limit of our spectrum.
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