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GCN Circular 18011

Subject
GRB 150711A: Swift detection of a burst
Date
2015-07-11T18:39:14Z (9 years ago)
From
Scott Barthelmy at NASA/GSFC <scott@milkyway.gsfc.nasa.gov>
M. G. Bernardini (INAF-OAB), S. D. Barthelmy (GSFC),
D. N. Burrows (PSU), F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC),
A. Melandri (INAF-OAB), D. M. Palmer (LANL) and
B. Sbarufatti (INAF-OAB/PSU) report on behalf of the Swift Team:

At 18:23:03 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 150711A (trigger=648601).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 221.631, -35.471 which is 
   RA(J2000)  =  14h 46m 31s
   Dec(J2000) = -35d 28' 15"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  The BAT light curve shows a single peak
with a duration of about 20 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~2200 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~2 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 18:24:50.4 UT, 106.7 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find a bright,
fading, uncatalogued X-ray source with an enhanced position: RA, Dec
221.6268, -35.4565 which is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 14h 46m 30.44s
   Dec(J2000) = -35d 27' 23.4"
with an uncertainty of 2.3 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 53 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 http://www.swift.ac.uk/sper. 

A power-law fit to a spectrum formed from promptly downlinked event
data gives a column density consistent with the Galactic value of 8.25
x 10^20 cm^-2 (Willingale et al. 2013). 

The initial flux in the 2.5 s image was 1.13e-09 erg cm^-2 s^-1 (0.2-10
keV). 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 117 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 100% of
the XRT error circle. The typical 3-sigma upper limit has been about 19.6 mag. 
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
0.09. 

Burst Advocate for this burst is M. G. Bernardini (grazia.bernardini 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.)
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