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GCN Circular 35915

Subject
GRB 240303C: VZLUSAT-2 detection
Date
2024-03-12T19:07:08Z (a month ago)
From
Marianna Dafčíková at Masaryk University <500025@mail.muni.cz>
Via
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M. Dafcikova, J. Ripa (Masaryk U.), A. Pal (Konkoly Observatory),  N. Werner  (Masaryk U.), M. Ohno (Hiroshima U.),  L. Meszaros, B. Csak (Konkoly Observatory), H. Takahashi (Hiroshima U.), F. Munz , M. Topinka, F. Hroch, N. Husarikova, J.-P. Breuer (Masaryk U.), J. Hudec, J. Kapus, M. Frajt, M. Rezenov (Spacemanic s.r.o), R. Laszlo (Needronix), G. Galgoczi (Wigner Research Center/Eotvos U.), N. Uchida (ISAS/JAXA), T. Enoto (Kyoto U.), Zs. Frei (Eotvos U.), Y. Fukazawa, K. Hirose, 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 (Univ of Tokyo), K. Torigoe (Hiroshima U.), P. Svoboda, V. Daniel, J. Dudas, M. Junas, J. Gromes (VZLU), I. Vertat (FEL ZCU)  -- the VZLUSAT-2/GRB payload collaboration.

The long-duration GRB 240303C (Fermi/GBM detection: trigger no. 731189113; Konus/Wind detection trigger at 2024-03-03 20:05:07.253 UT) was detected by the GRB detectors on board of the VZLUSAT-2 3U CubeSat (https://www.vzlusat2.cz/en/).

The data acquisition was performed by the GRB detector units no. 0 and no. 1. The detection was confirmed at the peak time 2024-03-03 20:04:53 (20:04:52) UTC. The T90 duration is 5 s (3 s) and the significance during T90 reaches 7.8 sigma (5.7 sigma) for detector unit no. 0 (no. 1).

The light curve obtained by VZLUSAT-2 is available here:
https://vzlusat2.konkoly.hu/static/share/GRB240303C_GCN_VZLUSAT2.pdf

We note that the light curve measured by VZLUSAT-2 is shifted by approximately 18 s with respect to light curves obtained by other missions. At the moment, the cause of this discrepancy is being investigated.

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.
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