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GCN Circular 17202

GRB 141220A: Swift-BAT refined analysis
2014-12-20T16:48:39Z (9 years ago)
Jay R. Cummings at NASA/GSFC/Swift <>
M. Stamatikos (OSU), S. D. Barthelmy (GSFC), W. H. Baumgartner (GSFC/UMBC),
J. R. Cummings, N. Gehrels (GSFC), H. A. Krimm (GSFC/USRA), A. Y. Lien (GSFC/UMBC),
C. B. Markwardt (GSFC), D. M. Palmer (LANL), T. Sakamoto (AGU), J. Tueller (GSFC),
T. N. Ukwatta (LANL)
(i.e. the Swift-BAT team):
Using the data set from T-61 to T+243 sec from the recent telemetry downlink,
we report further analysis of BAT GRB 141220A (trigger #621915) (Cummings, et al.,
GCN Circ. 17196).  The BAT ground-calculated position is RA, Dec = 195.058, 32.146
deg which is:
    RA(J2000)  =  13h 00m 14.0s
    Dec(J2000) = +32d 08' 46.4"
with an uncertainty of 1.2 arcmin, (radius, sys+stat, 90% containment).
The partial coding was 19%.
The mask-weighted light curve shows two peaks at about T+1 and T+3 seconds,
with an exponential decline noticeable out to ~T+20 seconds.  T90 (15-350 keV)
is 7.21 +- 0.48 sec (estimated error including systematics).
The time-averaged spectrum from T-0.91 to T+7.30 sec is best fit by a power law
with an exponential cutoff.  This fit gives a photon index 0.62 +- 0.38,
and Epeak of 117.4 +- 45.1 keV (chi squared 56.50 for 56 d.o.f.).  For this
model the total fluence in the 15-150 keV band is 2.6 +- 0.1 x 10^-06 erg/cm2
and the 1-sec peak flux measured from T-0.13 sec in the 15-150 keV band is
8.9 +- 0.7 ph/cm2/sec.  A fit to a simple power law gives a photon index
of 1.30 +- 0.08 (chi squared 67.35 for 57 d.o.f.).  All the quoted errors
are at the 90% confidence level.
The results of the batgrbproduct analysis are available at
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