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GCN Circular 34957

GRB 231104A: NuSTAR Observation of the prompt emission
2023-11-06T19:21:51Z (6 months ago)
Brian Grefenstette at Caltech/NuSTAR <>
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B. Grefenstette reports on behalf of the NuSTAR Search for INteresting Gamma-ray Signals (SINGS) working group:

The NuSTAR SINGS working group reports the discovery of prompt emission from a potential GRB 231104A in the NuSTAR CsI anti-coincidence shields and the CdZnTe imagers. This GRB was identified through a blind search using the CsI shield rates. Details of the search algorithm will be described in a future paper. 

The CsI data are recorded at 1 Hz and show a broad burst with multiple peaks. The initial NuSTAR trigger had a T0 of 2023-11-04T01:47:31, though offline analysis shows that a initial rise in the shield of 2023-11-04T01:47:37, which is consistent with the onset time reported by Ferm GBM (Bala et al, GCN Circ 34950). Peak 1-sec count rates were ~4,000 counts per second in both the FPMA and FPMB shield units. Typical background rates are ~1,000 counts per second. The burst was detected in both the CdZnTe detectors as well as in the shields.

Using the localization from Swift (Palmer et al, GCN Circ 34938):

 RA(J2000) = 01h 35m 09s
 Dec(J2000) = +83d 47' 27"

…the burst was ~100-degrees from the instrument boresight.

The main burst lasts for ~6-s. Two narrow (<1-s) peaks can be seen in both the 1-Hz CsI shield rates and in the CdZnTe detectors.

The automated light curve report for this GRB, discovery report, off-line analysis of the shield data, and the CdZnTe lightcurves can be found here:

Information on NuSTAR SINGS can be found here:

NuSTAR is a NASA Small Explorer mission led by Caltech and managed by JPL for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. 

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