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GCN Circular 28658

GRB 201015A: Swift-BAT refined analysis (a soft short pulse with a tail emission)
2020-10-16T16:04:58Z (4 years ago)
Amy Lien at GSFC <>
C. B. Markwardt (GSFC), S. D. Barthelmy (GSFC),
J. R. Cummings (CPI), V. D'Elia (SSDC),
H. A. Krimm (NSF), S. Laha (GSFC/UMBC),
A. Y. Lien (GSFC/UMBC), D. M. Palmer (LANL),
T. Sakamoto (AGU), M. Stamatikos (OSU),
T. N. Ukwatta (LANL) (i.e. the Swift-BAT team):

Using the data set from T-239 to T+963 sec from the recent telemetry
we report further analysis of BAT GRB 201015A (trigger #1000452)
(D'Elia et al., GCN Circ. 28632).  The BAT ground-calculated position is
RA, Dec = 354.310, 53.446 deg which is
   RA(J2000)  =  23h 37m 14.4s
   Dec(J2000) = +53d 26' 45.0"
with an uncertainty of 2.9 arcmin, (radius, sys+stat, 90% containment).
The partial coding was 30%.

The mask-weighted light curve shows a short-soft structure with several
overlapping pulses that start at ~T0 and end at ~T+1 s, followed by
a weak-soft tail that lasts till ~T+10 s. T90 (15-350 keV)
is 9.78 +- 3.47 sec (estimated error including systematics).

The time-averaged spectrum from T+0.02 to T+10.35 sec is best fit by
a simple power-law model.  The power law index of the time-averaged
spectrum is 3.03 +- 0.68.  The fluence in the 15-150 keV band
is 2.0 +- 0.6 x 10^-7 erg/cm2. The 1-sec peak photon flux measured
from T+0.08 sec in the 15-150 keV band is 1.8 +- 0.4 ph/cm2/sec.
All the quoted errors are at the 90% confidence level.

The BAT spectrum of this event does not appear to be a short hard burst.
However, the quickly fading X-ray and optical afterglows are
consistent with those from a short GRB.

If this is a short GRB, this is one of the softest short bursts
detected by BAT (based on a sample with constrained spectral fits
from the 3rd BAT GRB catalog; Lien & Sakamoto et al. 2016).
Other BAT-detected short GRBs with similar softness include
GRB190326A and GRB140622A. GRB190326A has an ambiguous
origin due to an observing constraint, but late time XRT/UVOT
followup observations suggest that the source is more consistent
with a GRB (Sbarufatti et al., GCN Circ. 24129). GRB140622A was
classified to be a short GRB because the XRT light curve is
consistent with the normal behavior of a short burst
(Sakamoto et al. GCN Circ. 16438; Burrows et al. GCN Circ. 16439).

The results of the batgrbproduct analysis are available at
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