M. J. Moss (GWU), N. P. M. Kuin (UCL-MSSL), S. Laha (GSFC/UMBC),
F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC), K. L. Page (U Leicester),
D. M. Palmer (LANL) and A. Tohuvavohu (U Toronto) report on behalf of
the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory Team:
At 03:15:35 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 230325A (trigger=1161390). Swift slewed immediately to the burst.
The BAT on-board calculated location is
RA, Dec 296.820, -46.094 which is
RA(J2000) = 19h 47m 17s
Dec(J2000) = -46d 05' 38"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including
systematic uncertainty). The BAT light curve showed a complex structure
structure with a duration of about 40 sec. The peak count rate
was ~2200 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~0 sec after the trigger.
The XRT began observing the field at 03:17:09.9 UT, 94.0 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find a bright,
fading, uncatalogued X-ray source located at RA, Dec 296.84910,
-46.07455 which is equivalent to:
RA(J2000) = 19h 47m 23.78s
Dec(J2000) = -46d 04' 28.4"
with an uncertainty of 3.8 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 100 arcseconds from the BAT onboard position, within the
BAT error circle. This position may be improved as more data are
received; the latest position is available at
A power-law fit to a spectrum formed from promptly downlinked event
data gives a column density in excess of the Galactic value (4.88 x
10^20 cm^-2, Willingale et al. 2013), with an excess column of 3.9
(+3.24/-2.71) x 10^21 cm^-2 (90% confidence).
The initial flux in the 2.5 s image was 2.06e-09 erg cm^-2 s^-1 (0.2-10
UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 101 seconds after the BAT trigger. No credible afterglow candidate has
been found in the initial data products. The 2.7'x2.7' sub-image covers 100% of
the XRT error circle. The typical 3-sigma upper limit has been about 19.6 mag.
The 8'x8' region for the list of sources generated on-board covers 100% of the
XRT error circle. The list of sources is typically complete to about 18 mag. No
correction has been made for the expected extinction corresponding to E(B-V) of
Burst Advocate for this burst is M. J. Moss (mikejmoss3 AT gmail.com).
Please contact the BA by email if you require additional information
regarding Swift followup of this burst. In extremely urgent cases, after
trying the Burst Advocate, you can contact the Swift PI by phone (see
Swift TOO web site for information: http://www.swift.psu.edu/)