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GCN Circular 17533

GRB 150301B: Swift-XRT refined Analysis
2015-03-02T19:50:04Z (9 years ago)
Phil Evans at U of Leicester <>
A. Maselli  (INAF-IASFPA), B. Sbarufatti (INAF-OAB/PSU), D.N. Burrows
(PSU), J.A. Kennea (PSU), A. Amaral-Rogers (U. Leicester), J.P. Osborne
(U. Leicester), K.L. Page (U. Leicester), A. Melandri (INAF-OAB), P.
D'Avanzo (INAF-OAB) and A.Y. Lien report on behalf of the Swift-XRT

We have analysed 5.7 ks of XRT data for GRB 150301B (Lien et al. GCN
Circ. 17515), from 67 s to 69.5 ks after the  BAT trigger. The data
comprise 67 s in Windowed Timing (WT) mode (the first 9 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 Evans et
al. (GCN Circ. 17520).

The light curve can be modelled with a power-law decay with a decay
index of alpha=1.11 (+0.05, -0.04).

A spectrum formed from the PC mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index of 1.81 (+0.18, -0.10). The
best-fitting absorption column is  consistent with the Galactic value
of 6.2 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 3.7 x 10^-11 (4.2 x 10^-11) erg cm^-2 count^-1. 

A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Galactic foreground: 6.2 x 10^20 cm^-2
Intrinsic column:    6 (+/-14) x 10^20 cm^-2 at z=1.5169
Photon index:	     1.81 (+0.18, -0.10)

If the light curve continues to decay with a power-law decay index of
1.11, the count rate at T+24 hours will be 3.3 x 10^-3 count s^-1,
corresponding to an observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux of 1.2 x
10^-13 (1.4 x 10^-13) erg cm^-2 s^-1.

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

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