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GCN Circular 19371

GRB 160501A: Swift-XRT refined Analysis
2016-05-01T17:34:09Z (8 years ago)
Phil Evans at U of Leicester <>
T.G.R. Roegiers (PSU), L.M. McCauley (PSU), J.A. Kennea (PSU), C.
Pagani (U. Leicester), A.P. Beardmore (U. Leicester), P.A. Evans (U.
Leicester), P. D'Avanzo (INAF-OAB), V. D'Elia (ASDC), A. D'Ai
(INAF-IASFPA) and J.R. Cummings report on behalf of the Swift-XRT team:

We have analysed 6.8 ks of XRT data for GRB 160501A (Cummings et al.
GCN Circ. 19365), from 118 s to 46.0 ks after the  BAT trigger. The
data comprise 161 s in Windowed Timing (WT) mode (the first 8 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. 19369).

The light curve can be modelled with a series of power-law decays. The
initial decay index is alpha=2.76 (+/-0.16). At T+261 s  the decay
steepens to an alpha of 4.4 (+0.6, -0.3) before breaking again at T+918
s to a final decay with index alpha=0.26 (+0.36, -0.20).

A spectrum formed from the WT mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index	of 2.96 (+0.16, -0.15). The
best-fitting absorption column is  2.9 (+/-0.4) x 10^21 cm^-2, in
excess of the Galactic value of 1.6 x 10^21 cm^-2 (Willingale et al.
2013). The PC mode spectrum has a photon index of 2.06 (+0.25, -0.18)
and a best-fitting absorption column consistent with the Galactic
value. The counts to observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux conversion
factor deduced from this spectrum  is 3.4 x 10^-11 (4.6 x 10^-11) erg
cm^-2 count^-1. 

A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Total column:	     1.6 (+0.7, -0.0) x 10^21 cm^-2
Galactic foreground: 1.6 x 10^21 cm^-2
Excess significance: <1.6 sigma
Photon index:	     2.06 (+0.25, -0.18)

If the light curve continues to decay with a power-law decay index of
0.26, the count rate at T+24 hours will be 7.9 x 10^-3 count s^-1,
corresponding to an observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux of 2.7 x
10^-13 (3.6 x 10^-13) erg cm^-2 s^-1.

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

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