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GCN Circular 19985

GRB 161004A: Swift-XRT refined Analysis
2016-10-04T21:47:28Z (8 years ago)
Phil Evans at U of Leicester <>
P. D'Avanzo (INAF-OAB), V. D'Elia (ASDC), B. Sbarufatti (INAF-OAB/PSU),
D.N. Burrows (PSU), T.G.R. Roegiers (PSU), A.P. Beardmore (U.
Leicester), S.L. Gibson (U. Leicester), A. D'Ai (INAF-IASFPA) and P.A.
Evans report on behalf of the Swift-XRT team:

We have analysed 6.1 ks of XRT data for GRB 161004A (Evans et al. GCN
Circ. 19979), from 84 s to 18.2 ks after the  BAT trigger. The data
comprise 112 s in Windowed Timing (WT) mode with the remainder in
Photon Counting (PC) mode. The enhanced XRT position for this burst was
given by Beardmore et al. (GCN Circ. 19983).

The late-time light curve (from T0+4.3 ks) can be modelled with a
power-law decay with a decay index of alpha=1.3 (+0.5, -0.4).

A spectrum formed from the WT mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index	of 1.94 (+0.11, -0.09). The
best-fitting absorption column is  consistent with the Galactic value
of 1.9 x 10^21 cm^-2 (Willingale et al. 2013). The PC mode spectrum has
a photon index of 1.59 (+0.18, -0.16) and a best-fitting absorption
column of 2.2 (+0.9, -0.4) x 10^21 cm^-2. The counts to observed
(unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux conversion factor deduced from this
spectrum  is 4.6 x 10^-11 (5.5 x 10^-11) erg cm^-2 count^-1. 

A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Total column:	     2.2 (+0.9, -0.4) x 10^21 cm^-2
Galactic foreground: 1.9 x 10^21 cm^-2
Excess significance: <1.6 sigma
Photon index:	     1.59 (+0.18, -0.16)

If the light curve continues to decay with a power-law decay index of
1.3, the count rate at T+24 hours will be 1.1 x 10^-3 count s^-1,
corresponding to an observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux of 4.9 x
10^-14 (5.9 x 10^-14) erg cm^-2 s^-1.

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

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