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GCN Circular 32963

GRB 221120A: Swift-XRT refined Analysis
2022-11-21T12:45:58Z (a year ago)
Phil Evans at U of Leicester <>
S. Dichiara (PSU), J.A. Kennea (PSU), K.L. Page (U. Leicester), A.P.
Beardmore (U. Leicester), P.A. Evans (U. Leicester), A. D'Ai
(INAF-IASFPA), A. Melandri (INAF-OAB), T. Sbarrato (INAF-OAB), A.
Tohuvavohu (U. Toronto) and R.A.J. Eyles-Ferris report on behalf of the
Swift-XRT team:

We have analysed 8.4 ks of XRT data for GRB 221120A (Eyles-Ferris et
al. GCN Circ. 32955), from 103 s to 47.0 ks after the  BAT trigger. The
data are entirely in Photon Counting (PC) mode. The enhanced XRT
position for this burst was given by Goad et al. (GCN Circ. 32962).

The light curve can be modelled with a power-law decay with a decay
index of alpha=1.6 (+/-0.3).

A spectrum formed from the PC mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index of 1.9 (+1.1, -0.9). The
best-fitting absorption column is  3.2 (+2.4, -1.7) x 10^22 cm^-2, in
excess of 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 7.9 x 10^-11 (1.8 x 10^-10) erg
cm^-2 count^-1. 

A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Total column:	     3.2 (+2.4, -1.7) x 10^22 cm^-2
Galactic foreground: 1.2 x 10^21 cm^-2
Excess significance: 3.0 sigma
Photon index:	     1.9 (+1.1, -0.9)

If the light curve continues to decay with a power-law decay index of
1.6, the count rate at T+24 hours will be 8.2 x 10^-6 count s^-1,
corresponding to an observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux of 6.5 x
10^-16 (1.5 x 10^-15) erg cm^-2 s^-1.

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

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