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GCN Circular 27249

GRB 200227A: Swift-XRT refined Analysis
2020-02-28T07:49:20Z (4 years ago)
Phil Evans at U of Leicester <>
J.A. Kennea (PSU), A.P. Beardmore (U. Leicester), J.P. Osborne (U.
Leicester), P. D'Avanzo (INAF-OAB), M.G. Bernardini (INAF-OAB), E.
Ambrosi  (INAF-IASFPA) , A. Tohuvavohu (U. Toronto), B. Sbarufatti
(PSU) and S. Laha (GSFC/UMBC/CRESST) report on behalf of the Swift-XRT

We have analysed 6.1 ks of XRT data for GRB 200227A (Laha et al. GCN
Circ. 27234), from 72 s to 29.1 ks after the  BAT trigger. The data
comprise 288 s in Windowed Timing (WT) mode (the first 8 s were taken
while Swift was slewing) with the remainder in Photon Counting (PC)
mode. The enhanced XRT position for this burst was given by Beardmore
et al. (GCN Circ. 27243).

The light curve can be modelled with an initial power-law decay with an
index of alpha=3.86 (+0.21, -0.16), followed by a break at T+169 s to
an alpha of 1.09 (+0.07, -0.05).

A spectrum formed from the WT mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index	of 1.88 (+0.08, -0.07). The
best-fitting absorption column is  5.9 (+/-0.5) x 10^21 cm^-2, in
excess of the Galactic value of 2.1 x 10^21 cm^-2 (Willingale et al.
2013). The PC mode spectrum has a photon index of 1.83 (+0.17, -0.16)
and a best-fitting absorption column of 5.6 (+1.1, -1.0) 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 (6.9 x 10^-11) erg cm^-2

A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Total column:	     5.6 (+1.1, -1.0) x 10^21 cm^-2
Galactic foreground: 2.1 x 10^21 cm^-2
Excess significance: 5.7 sigma
Photon index:	     1.83 (+0.17, -0.16)

If the light curve continues to decay with a power-law decay index of
1.09, the count rate at T+24 hours will be 4.8 x 10^-3 count s^-1,
corresponding to an observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux of 2.2 x
10^-13 (3.3 x 10^-13) erg cm^-2 s^-1.

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

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