Skip to main content
New Announcement Feature, Code of Conduct, Circular Revisions. See news and announcements

GCN Circular 16646

GRB 140730A: Swift-XRT refined Analysis
2014-07-31T10:04:03Z (10 years ago)
Phil Evans at U of Leicester <>
A.P. Beardmore (U. Leicester), P.A. Evans (U. Leicester), B.P. Gompertz
(U. Leicester), P. D'Avanzo (INAF-OAB), V. D'Elia (ASDC), M. de
Pasquale (INAF-IASFPA), M.C. Stroh (PSU), D.N. Burrows (PSU), J.A.
Kennea (PSU) and C.B. Markwardt report on behalf of the Swift-XRT team:

We have analysed 6.1 ks of XRT data for GRB 140730A (Markwardt	et al.
GCN Circ. 16642),  from 50 s to 39.5 ks after the  BAT trigger. The
data comprise 17 s in Windowed Timing (WT) mode (the first 7 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 Goad
et al. (GCN Circ. 16643).

The light curve can be modelled with an initial power-law decay with an
index of alpha=2.4 (+0.4, -0.3), followed by a break at T+234 s to an
alpha of 0.57 (+/-0.07).

A spectrum formed from the PC mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index of 1.92 (+0.25, -0.23). The
best-fitting absorption column is  3.0 (+1.1, -1.0) x 10^21 cm^-2, in
excess of the Galactic value of 7.6 x 10^20 cm^-2 (Willingale et al.
2013). The counts to observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux conversion
factor deduced from this spectrum  is 3.9 x 10^-11 (5.5 x 10^-11) erg
cm^-2 count^-1. 

A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Total column:	     3.0 (+1.1, -1.0) x 10^21 cm^-2
Galactic foreground: 7.6 x 10^20 cm^-2
Excess significance: 3.8 sigma
Photon index:	     1.92 (+0.25, -0.23)

If the light curve continues to decay with a power-law decay index of
0.57, the count rate at T+24 hours will be 10.0 x 10^-3 count s^-1,
corresponding to an observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux of 3.9 x
10^-13 (5.5 x 10^-13) erg cm^-2 s^-1.

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

This circular is an official product of the Swift-XRT team.
Looking for U.S. government information and services? Visit