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GCN Circular 31827

GRB 220403B: Swift-XRT refined Analysis
2022-04-04T07:08:18Z (2 years ago)
Phil Evans at U of Leicester <>
A.P. Beardmore (U. Leicester), P.A. Evans (U. Leicester), E. Ambrosi 
A. Tohuvavohu (U. Toronto), B. Sbarufatti (PSU), D.N. Burrows (PSU),
J.P. Osborne (U. Leicester) and N.J. Klingler report on behalf of the
Swift-XRT team:

We have analysed 6.3 ks of XRT data for GRB 220403B (Klingler et al.
GCN Circ. 31820), from 86 s to 28.9 ks after the  BAT trigger. The data
comprise 50 s in Windowed Timing (WT) mode (the first 9 s were taken
while Swift was slewing) with the remainder in Photon Counting (PC)
mode. The refined XRT position is RA, Dec = 191.4734, +89.1846 which is
equivalent to:

RA (J2000): 12 45 53.62
Dec(J2000): +89 11 04.6

with an uncertainty of 3.5 arcsec (radius, 90% confidence).

The light curve can be modelled with an initial power-law decay with an
index of alpha=4.4 (+/-0.4), followed by a break at T+229 s to an alpha
of 0.35 (+0.04, -0.05).

A spectrum formed from the PC mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index of 1.86 (+0.16, -0.14). The
best-fitting absorption column is  1.47 (+0.51, -0.27) x 10^21 cm^-2,
consistent with the Galactic value of 1.2 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 3.7 x 10^-11 (4.6 x
10^-11) erg cm^-2 count^-1. 

A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Total column:	     1.47 (+0.51, -0.27) x 10^21 cm^-2
Galactic foreground: 1.2 x 10^21 cm^-2
Excess significance: <1.6 sigma
Photon index:	     1.86 (+0.16, -0.14)

If the light curve continues to decay with a power-law decay index of
0.35, the count rate at T+24 hours will be 0.057 count s^-1,
corresponding to an observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux of 2.1 x
10^-12 (2.6 x 10^-12) erg cm^-2 s^-1.

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

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