A. Hajela, R. Margutti, W. Fong , K. D. Alexander (Northwestern/CIERA), P.
Blanchard (Harvard), R. Chornock (Ohio U.), D. Coppejans
(Northwestern/CIERA), S. Gomez (Harvard), G. Hosseinzadeh (Harvard), G.
Terreran (Northwestern/CIERA), A. Villar (Harvard) report:
���We report the results from the first 36ks of Chandra observations of
GW170817 (another ~ 64ks will be acquired in the next few days). Chandra
started to observe GW170817 on 21 March 2019 at 07:44 UT (obsID 21322,
Co-PIs Margutti and Fong; program 20500299). X-ray emission from GW170817
is detected at the level of ~3 sigma (assuming pure Poissonian
statistics), with a 0.5-8 keV count-rate of (1.5 +\-0.7)e-4 c/s, and a
total of ~5 net photons. Assuming a simple power-law spectrum with photon
index Gamma=1.6 and no intrinsic absorption, as found in previous Chandra
observations (e.g., Margutti et al., 2018; Alexander et al., 2018), the
count-rate above translates into an unabsorbed flux of (2.3+\- 1.1)e-15
erg/s/cm2 (0.3-10 keV). The Galactic neutral hydrogen column density in the
direction of the transient is N_H = 7.8e+20cm-2 (Kalberla et al., 2005).
This flux measurement is consistent with the expectations from the fast
decay of the emission from the jet (e.g., Margutti et al., 2018; Alexander
et al., 2018; Wu et al., 2018). Further Chandra observations are ongoing.
We thank the entire Chandra team for making these observations possible.���