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GCN Circular 3606

GRB 050713A: XRT refined analysis
2005-07-14T00:16:56Z (19 years ago)
David Morris at PSU/Swift-XRT <>
D. Morris, D. N. Burrows, A. Falcone, P. Roming (PSU), K. Page, M. Goad (Leicester), M. Trippico (GSFC-SSAI), F. Marshall 
and N. Gehrels (GSFC) report on behalf of the Swift XRT team:

We have analysed the first three orbits of data for GRB050713a (GCN 3581, 
Falcone et al., 2005).  Using xrtcentoid, the refined position is:

RA(J2000) = 21h 22m 09.9s
Dec(J2000) = +77d 04' 24.2"

RA(J2000) = 320.5411
Dec(J2000) = +77.0734

with an uncertainty of 6 arcsec. This is 6 arcsec from the original 
XRT position (GCN 3581, Falcone et al., 2005).

The XRT began taking data at 04:30:14UT, just 72 seconds after the BAT trigger 
and while the prompt gamma-ray emission was still in progress. The early XRT
lightcurve shows flares coincident with the BAT reported peaks (GCN 3597,
Palmer et al., 2005) at T+65 (caught on the tail end of the peak) and at T+105.
A decay rate has not been determined for the first orbit due to the flaring
nature of the emission at that point, with count rates varying between 10-300 cts/s.

Data from the 2nd and 3rd orbits span the timeframe 5ks-10ks after the trigger and
show a smoothly decaying afterglow at much lower flux, fit well by a powerlaw with
alpha = 0.82+/- 0.11.

The spectrum from all 3 orbits are well fit by an absorbed power-law with NH significantly 
greater than the galactic value of 1.1e21

NH=4.5e21 � 0.5e21

The count rate at 5000s after the trigger is ~0.35 cts/s which converts to an 
unabsorbed flux of 2.24e-11 ergs cm^-2 s^-1.
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