E. Sonbas (Adiyaman Univ.), A. D'Ai (INAF-IASFPA), V. D'Elia (ASDC),
A. Y. Lien (GSFC/UMBC), D. M. Palmer (LANL), M. H. Siegel (PSU) and
A. Tohuvavohu (PSU) report on behalf of the Neil Gehrels Swift
At 04:37:09 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 180324A (trigger=817345). Swift slewed immediately to the burst.
The BAT on-board calculated location is
RA, Dec 76.585, +56.725 which is
RA(J2000) = 05h 06m 20s
Dec(J2000) = +56d 43' 29"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including
systematic uncertainty). The BAT light curve showed a small
precursor about 5 seconds before the main, short, peak for a
total duration of about 6 sec. The peak count rate
was ~8000 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~0 sec after the trigger.
The XRT began observing the field at 04:38:17.4 UT, 67.8 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find an uncatalogued
X-ray source located at RA, Dec 76.52896, 56.71298 which is equivalent
RA(J2000) = 05h 06m 06.95s
Dec(J2000) = +56d 42' 46.7"
with an uncertainty of 3.7 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 118 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. We cannot determine whether the source is
fading at the present time.
A power-law fit to a spectrum formed from promptly downlinked event
data gives a column density in excess of the Galactic value (3.81 x
10^21 cm^-2, Willingale et al. 2013), with an excess column of 7.1
(+6.82/-5.48) x 10^21 cm^-2 (90% confidence).
UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 71 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 none of
the XRT error circle. 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 0.90.
Burst Advocate for this burst is E. Sonbas (edasonbas AT yahoo.com).
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.)