K.L. Page (U. Leicester), A.P. Beardmore (U. Leicester), M. Perri
(ASDC), V. D'Elia (ASDC), A. D'Ai (INAF-IASFPA), B. Sbarufatti (PSU),
D.N. Burrows (PSU), J. D. Gropp (PSU) and P.A. Evans (U. Leicester)
report on behalf of the Swift-XRT team:
Swift-XRT has performed follow-up observations of the
Swift/BAT-detected burst GRB 191016A (WeiKang Zheng et al. GCN Circ.
26012), collecting 4.2 ks of Photon Counting (PC) mode data between
T0+45.0 ks and T0+56.9 ks.
An uncatalogued X-ray source is detected consistent with being within
296 arcsec of the Swift/BAT position and is above the RASS limit, and
is therefore likely the GRB afterglow. Using 3470 s of PC mode data and
3 UVOT images, we find an enhanced XRT position (using the XRT-UVOT
alignment and matching UVOT field sources to the USNO-B1 catalogue):
RA, Dec = 30.26933, +24.50988 which is equivalent to:
RA (J2000): 02h 01m 04.64s
Dec(J2000): +24d 30' 35.6"
with an uncertainty of 1.9 arcsec (radius, 90% confidence). This
position is 93 arcsec from the Swift/BAT position.
The light curve can be modelled with a power-law decay with a decay
index of alpha=1.8 (+1.5, -0.5).
A spectrum formed from the PC mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index of 1.9 (+0.5, -0.4). The
best-fitting absorption column is 1.4 (+1.7, -0.4) x 10^21 cm^-2,
consistent with the Galactic value of 1.0 x 10^21 cm^-2 (Willingale et
al. 2013). The counts to observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux
conversion factor deduced from this spectrum is 3.4 x 10^-11 (4.3 x
10^-11) erg cm^-2 count^-1.
A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Total column: 1.4 (+1.7, -0.4) x 10^21 cm^-2
Galactic foreground: 1.0 x 10^21 cm^-2
Excess significance: <1.6 sigma
Photon index: 1.9 (+0.5, -0.4)
The results of the XRT-team automatic analysis are available at
The results of the full analysis of the XRT observations are available
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