M. Dafcikova, J. Ripa (Masaryk U.), A. Pal (Konkoly Observatory), N. Werner (Masaryk U.), M. Ohno, H. Takahashi (Hiroshima U.), L. Meszaros, B. Csak (Konkoly Observatory), N. Husarikova, F. Munz, M. Topinka, M. Kolar, J.-P. Breuer, F. Hroch (Masaryk U.), J. Hudec, J. Kapus, M. Frajt, M. Rezenov (Spacemanic s.r.o), R. Laszlo, M. Koleda (Needronix s.r.o), G. Galgoczi (Wigner Research Center/Eotvos U.), N. Uchida (ISAS/JAXA), T. Enoto (Kyoto U.), Zs. Frei (Eotvos U.), Y. Fukazawa, K. Hirose, H. Poon, H. Matake (Hiroshima U.), S. Hisadomi (Nagoya U.), Y. Ichinohe (Rikkyo U.), L. L. Kiss (Konkoly Observatory), T. Mizuno (Hiroshima U.), K. Nakazawa (Nagoya U.), H. Odaka (U. Tokyo), K. Torigoe, Y. Uchida (Hiroshima U.), P. Svoboda, V. Daniel, J. Dudas, M. Junas, J. Gromes (VZLU), I. Vertat (FEL ZCU), T. Urbanec, M. Kasal, A. Povalac (Brno U. of Technology), M. Smelko, P. Hanak, P. Lipovsky (Technical U. of Kosice), T. Bozoki, G. Dalya, G. Friss, K. Kapas, J. Takatsy (Eotvos U.), N. Kogiso, M. Yoneyama (Osaka Metropolitan U.), M. Moritaki (U. Tokyo), T. Kano (U. Michigan) -- the GRBAlpha and VZLUSAT-2/GRB payload collaborations
We report a joint detection of a likely long-duration GRB 230522A by the GRBAlpha 1U CubeSat (Pal et al. 2023; arXiv:2302.10048) and the GRB detectors on board of VZLUSAT-2 3U CubeSat (https://www.vzlusat2.cz/en/). The event was triggered by Konus/Wind at 2023-05-22 03:34:41.414 UT and also observed by INTEGRAL/SPI-ACS at 2023-05-22 03:34:45 UT. The Sun was occulted by the Earth for both CubeSats, therefore, it is unlikely to be a solar flare.
The GRBAlpha detection was confirmed at the peak time 2023-05-22 03:34:45 UTC. The T90 duration is 11 s and the significance during T90 reaches 47 sigma.
The light curve obtained by GRBAlpha is available here:
The VZLUSAT-2 detection was confirmed at the peak time 2023-05-22 03:34:43 UTC. The data acquisition was performed by the GRB detector units no. 0 and no. 1. The T90 duration is 10 s (12 s) and the significance during T90 reaches 30 sigma (9 sigma) for detector unit no. 0 (no. 1).
The light curves obtained by VZLUSAT-2 are available here:
All GRBAlpha detections are listed at: https://monoceros.physics.muni.cz/hea/GRBAlpha/
GRBAlpha, launched on 2021 March 22, is a demonstration mission for a future CubeSat constellation (Werner et al. Proc. SPIE 2018). The detector of GRBAlpha consists of a 75 x 75 x 5 mm3 CsI scintillator read out by a SiPM array, covering the energy range from ~50 keV to ~1000 keV. To increase the duty cycle and the downlink rate, the upgrade of the on-board data acquisition software stack is in progress. The ground segment is also supported by the radio amateur community and it takes advantage of the SatNOGS network for increased data downlink volume.
All VZLUSAT-2 detections are listed at: https://monoceros.physics.muni.cz/hea/VZLUSAT-2/
The GRB detectors on VZLUSAT-2 are a demonstration payload for a future CubeSat constellation (Werner et al. Proc. SPIE 2018). Two GRB modules of VZLUSAT-2 are placed in a perpendicular manner and each consists of a 75 x 75 x 5 mm3 CsI scintillator read out by a SiPM array, covering the energy range from ~30 keV to ~1000 keV. VZLUSAT-2 was launched on 2022 January 13 from Cape Canaveral.