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GCN Circular 36520

GRB 240504A: VZLUSAT-2 detection
2024-05-20T15:19:37Z (2 months ago)
Andras Pal at Konkoly Observatory <>
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A. Pal (Konkoly Observatory), M. Dafcikova, J. Ripa, 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 240504A (Fermi/GBM detection: GCN 36416

Not found
; Swift/BAT-GUANO detection: GCN 36401; Konus/Wind detection trigger at 2024-05-04 05:12:49.901 UT; INTEGRAL/SPI-ACS peak detection at 2024-05-04 ~04:03:45 UT) was detected by the GRB detectors on board of the VZLUSAT-2 3U CubeSat (

The data acquisition was performed by the GRB detector units no. 0 and no. 1. The detection was confirmed at the peak time 2024-05-04 05:12:51 (05:12:52) UTC. The T90 duration is 15 s (13 s) and the significance during T90 reaches 24 sigma (14 sigma) for detector unit no. 0 (no. 1).

The light curve obtained by VZLUSAT-2 is available here:

We note that the light curve measured by VZLUSAT-2 is shifted by approximately 8 s with respect to light curves obtained by other missions. The cause of the on-board clock slip is being fixed.

All VZLUSAT-2 detections are listed at: 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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