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GCN Circular 18209

Subject
GRB 150831A: Swift detection of a short burst
Date
2015-08-31T10:51:14Z (8 years ago)
From
Jamie A. Kennea at PSU/Swift-XRT <kennea@swift.psu.edu>
A. Y. Lien (GSFC/UMBC), D. N. Burrows (PSU) and J. A. Kennea (PSU)
report on behalf of the Swift Team:

At 10:34:12 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 150831A (trigger=653838).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 221.023, -25.649 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 14h 44m 05s
   Dec(J2000) = -25d 38' 57"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  The BAT light curve showed a short pulse
with a duration of about 1.2 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~10000 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~ 0.1 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 10:35:36.3 UT, 83.4 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find a bright, fading,
uncatalogued X-ray source with an enhanced position: RA, Dec 221.0245,
-25.6356 which is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 14h 44m 05.87s
   Dec(J2000) = -25d 38' 08.2"
with an uncertainty of 2.6 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 48 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 1.14
x 10^21 cm^-2 (Willingale et al. 2013). 

The initial flux in the 2.5 s image was 8.91e-10 erg cm^-2 s^-1 (0.2-10
keV). 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 88 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
0.11. 

Burst Advocate for this burst is A. Y. Lien (amy.y.lien AT nasa.gov). 
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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