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GCN Circular 20772

LIGO/Virgo G275697: Swift/BAT data search
2017-02-28T06:18:05Z (7 years ago)
Takanori Sakamoto at Aoyama Gakuin U <>
A. Y. Lien (GSFC/UMBC), S.D. Barthelmy (NASA/GSFC), D.M. Palmer (LANL),
T. Sakamoto (AGU), A. A. Breeveld (MSSL-UCL), A.P. Beardmore (U. Leicester),
D.N. Burrows (PSU), S. Campana (INAF-OAB), S.B. Cenko (NASA/GSFC),
G. Cusumano (INAF-IASF PA), A. D'Ai (INAF-IASFPA), P. D'Avanzo (INAF-OAB),
V.D'Elia(ASDC), P.A. Evans (U. Leicester), N. Gehrels (NASA/GSFC),
P. Giommi (ASI), C. Gronwall (PSU), J. A. Kennea (PSU),
H.A. Krimm (CRESST/GSFC/USRA), N.P.M. Kuin (UCL-MSSL), D. Malesani (DARK/NBI),
F.E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC), A. Melandri (INAF-OAB), B. Mingo (U. Leicester),
J.A. Nousek (PSU), S.R. Oates (Uni. of Warwick), P.T. O'Brien (U. Leicester),
J.P. Osborne (U. Leicester), C. Pagani (U. Leicester), K.L. Page (U.Leicester),
M. Perri (ASDC), J.L. Racusin (NASA/GSFC), B. Sbarufatti (INAF-OAB/PSU),
M.H. Siegel (PSU), G. Tagliaferri (INAF-OAB), E. Troja (NASA/GSFC/UMCP)
report on behalf of the Swift team:

We report the search results in the BAT data within T0 $B!^(B 100 s of the
LIGO event G275697 (LIGO/VIRGO Collaboration GCN Circ. 20763),
where T0 is the LIGO trigger time (2017-02-27T18:57:31.375 UTC).

The BAT pointing position at T0 is

RA = 284.163 deg,
DEC = -37.915 deg,
ROLL = 78.846 deg.

The BAT Field of View (>10% partial coding) covers 8.28% of the integrated
LIGO localization probability.

No significant detections (signal-to-noise ratio > 4 sigma) are found
in the BAT raw light curves with time bins of 64 ms, 1 s, and 1.6 s, respectively.
Assuming an on-axis (100% coded) short GRB with a typical spectrum in the BAT
energy range (i.e., a simple power-law model with a power-law index of -1.32;
Lien & Sakamoto et al. 2016), the 4-sigma upper limit in the 1-s binned light
curve corresponds to a flux upper limit (15-350 keV) of ~ 6.8 x 10^-8 erg/s/cm^2.
Moreover, so far no event data are found within T0 $B!^(B 100 s.

BAT retains decreased, but significant, sensitivity to rate increases for
gamma-ray events outside of its FOV. About 58.37% of the integrated LIGO
localization probability was outside of the BAT FOV but above the Earth's limb
from Swift's location, and the corresponding flux upper limits for this region
are within roughly an order of magnitude of those within the FOV.
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