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GCN Circular 34601

GRB 230827B: Swift-XRT afterglow detection
2023-08-30T13:26:29Z (8 months ago)
Phil Evans at U of Leicester <>
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A. Tohuvavohu (U. Toronto), J.P. Osborne (U. Leicester), K.L. Page (U.
Leicester), A.P. Beardmore (U. Leicester), M. Perri (SSDC & INAF-OAR),
V. D'Elia (SSDC & INAF-OAR), B. Sbarufatti (INAF-OAB), D.N. Burrows
(PSU), J. D. Gropp (PSU) and P.A. Evans (U. Leicester) reports on
behalf of the Swift-XRT team:

Swift-XRT has performed follow-up observations of the
Fermi/GBM-detected burst GRB 230827B (GCN Circ. 34584), collecting 3.6
ks of Photon Counting (PC) mode data between T0+231.3 ks and T0+249.7

An uncatalogued X-ray source is detected consistent with being within
9.9 arcsec of the position of ZTF23abaanxz/AT2023qxj (GCN Circ. 34574)
and is believed to be the afterglow. Using 3821 s of PC mode data and 4
UVOT images, we find an enhanced XRT position (using the XRT-UVOT
alignment and matching UVOT field sources to the USNO-B1 catalogue):
RA, Dec = 299.63944, +54.46318 which is equivalent to:

RA (J2000): 19h 58m 33.47s
Dec(J2000): +54d 27' 47.5"

with an uncertainty of 2.6 arcsec (radius, 90% confidence). This
position is 0.8 arcsec from the ZTF position.  The light curve is
consistent with a constant source of mean count rate 7.0e-02 ct/sec. A
power-law fit gives an index of 2.490 (+0.015, -2.990).

A spectrum formed from the PC mode data can be fitted with an absorbed
power-law with a photon spectral index of 1.59 (+0.33, -0.30). The
best-fitting absorption column is  4.0 (+2.1, -1.0) x 10^21 cm^-2,
consistent with the Galactic value of 3.0 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 5.0 x 10^-11 (6.4 x
10^-11) erg cm^-2 count^-1. 

A summary of the PC-mode spectrum is thus:
Total column:	     4.0 (+2.1, -1.0) x 10^21 cm^-2
Galactic foreground: 3.0 x 10^21 cm^-2
Excess significance: <1.6 sigma
Photon index:	     1.59 (+0.33, -0.30)

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

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