S. Dichiara (PSU), P.A. Evans (U. Leicester), J.P. Osborne (U.
Leicester), K.L. Page (U. Leicester), A. D'Ai (INAF-IASFPA), A.
Melandri (INAF-OAB), T. Sbarrato (INAF-OAB), J.A. Kennea (PSU), A.
Tohuvavohu (U. Toronto) and M.A. Williams report on behalf of the
We have analysed 6.4 ks of XRT data for GRB 230123A (Williams et al.
GCN Circ. 33206), from 73 s to 18.4 ks after the BAT trigger. The data
comprise 8 s in Windowed Timing (WT) mode (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.
The light curve can be modelled with a power-law decay with a decay
index of alpha=0.68 (+0.08, -0.07).
A spectrum formed from the PC mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index of 2.1 (+0.4, -0.3). The
best-fitting absorption column is 1.4 (+1.0, -0.8) x 10^21 cm^-2, in
excess of the Galactic value of 3.0 x 10^20 cm^-2 (Willingale et al.
2013). The counts to observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux conversion
factor deduced from this spectrum is 3.2 x 10^-11 (4.3 x 10^-11) erg
A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Total column: 1.4 (+1.0, -0.8) x 10^21 cm^-2
Galactic foreground: 3.0 x 10^20 cm^-2
Excess significance: 2.2 sigma
Photon index: 2.1 (+0.4, -0.3)
If the light curve continues to decay with a power-law decay index of
0.68, the count rate at T+24 hours will be 3.4 x 10^-3 count s^-1,
corresponding to an observed (unabsorbed) 0.3-10 keV flux of 1.1 x
10^-13 (1.4 x 10^-13) erg cm^-2 s^-1.
The results of the XRT-team automatic analysis are available at
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