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GCN Circular 19894

GRB 160905A: Swift-XRT refined Analysis
2016-09-06T00:07:58Z (8 years ago)
Phil Evans at U of Leicester <>
A. Melandri (INAF-OAB), D.N. Burrows (PSU), T.G.R. Roegiers (PSU), L.M.
McCauley (PSU), J.P. Osborne (U. Leicester), K.L. Page (U. Leicester),
B. Mingo (U. Leicester), V. D'Elia (ASDC) and P. D'Avanzo report on
behalf of the Swift-XRT team:

We have analysed 7.2 ks of XRT data for GRB 160905A (D'Avanzo et al.
GCN Circ. 19887), from 50 s to 29.8 ks after the  BAT trigger. The data
comprise 2.2 ks in Windowed Timing (WT) mode (the first 6 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 Osborne et
al. (GCN Circ. 19891).

The late-time light curve (from T0+5.6 ks) can be modelled with a
series of power-law decays. The initial decay index is alpha=0.5 (+0.6,
-0.4). At T+7998 s  the decay steepens to an alpha of 7.92 (+0.08,
-5.15). The light curve breaks again at T+9660 s to a decay with
alpha=-1.5 (+0.0, -0.4),  before a final break at T+15.0 ks s after
which the decay index is 1.0 (+/-0.3).

A spectrum formed from the WT mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index	of 1.729 (+/-0.024). The
best-fitting absorption column is  4.89 (+0.18, -0.17) x 10^21 cm^-2,
in excess of the Galactic value of 3.8 x 10^21 cm^-2 (Willingale et al.
2013). The PC mode spectrum has a photon index of 1.84 (+0.12, -0.11)
and a best-fitting absorption column of 5.9 (+0.9, -0.8) x 10^21 cm^-2.
The counts to observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux conversion factor
deduced from this spectrum  is 4.7 x 10^-11 (7.1 x 10^-11) erg cm^-2

A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Total column:	     5.9 (+0.9, -0.8) x 10^21 cm^-2
Galactic foreground: 3.8 x 10^21 cm^-2
Excess significance: 4.4 sigma
Photon index:	     1.84 (+0.12, -0.11)

If the light curve continues to decay with a power-law decay index of
1.0, the count rate at T+24 hours will be 0.10 count s^-1,
corresponding to an observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux of 4.7 x
10^-12 (7.1 x 10^-12) erg cm^-2 s^-1.

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

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