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GCN Circular 34201

Subject
GRB 230709C: GRBAlpha detection
Date
2023-07-11T07:39:09Z (5 months ago)
From
Jakub Ripa <ripa.jakub@gmail.com>
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.), T. Urbanec, M. Kasal,  A. Povalac (Brno U. of Technology), J. Hudec, J. Kapus, M. Frajt (Spacemanic s.r.o), R. Laszlo, M. Koleda (Needronix s.r.o), M. Smelko, P. Hanak, P. Lipovsky (Technical U. of Kosice), G. Galgoczi (Wigner Research Center/Eotvos U.), Y. Uchida, H. Poon, H. Matake (Hiroshima U.), N. Uchida (ISAS/JAXA), T. Bozoki (Eotvos U.), G. Dalya (Eotvos U.), yyT. Enoto (Kyoto U.), Zs. Frei (Eotvos U.), G. Friss (Eotvos U.), Y. Fukazawa, K. Hirose (Hiroshima U.), S. Hisadomi (Nagoya U.), Y. Ichinohe (Rikkyo U.), K. Kapas (Eotvos U.), L. L. Kiss (Konkoly Observatory),  T. Mizuno (Hiroshima U.), K. Nakazawa (Nagoya U.), H. Odaka (Univ of Tokyo), J. Takatsy (Eotvos U.), K. Torigoe (Hiroshima U.), N. Kogiso, M. Yoneyama (Osaka Metropolitan U.), M. Moritaki (U. Tokyo), T. Kano (U. Michigan) -- the GRBAlpha collaboration.

The short-duration GRB 230709C (Fermi/GBM detection: GCN Circ. 34187; AstroSat detection: GCN Circ. 34191) was observed by the GRBAlpha 1U CubeSat (Pal et al. 2023; arXiv:2302.10048).

The detection was confirmed at the peak time 2023-07-09 17:38:26 UTC. The light curve observed by GRBAlpha shows a spike within 1 s bin where the SNR reaches 9 sigma.

The light curve obtained by GRBAlpha is available here: https://grbalpha.konkoly.hu/static/share/GRB230709C_GCN.pdf

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.
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