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GCN Circular 36527

Subject
GRB 240516B: AstroSat CZTI detection
Date
2024-05-21T16:56:58Z (2 months ago)
From
Gaurav Waratkar at IIT Bombay <gauravwaratkar@iitb.ac.in>
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J. Joshi (IUCAA), G. Waratkar (IITB), A. Vibhute (IUCAA), V. Bhalerao (IITB), D. Bhattacharya (Ashoka University/IUCAA), A. R. Rao (IUCAA/TIFR), and S. Vadawale (PRL) report on behalf of the AstroSat CZTI collaboration:

Analysis of AstroSat CZTI data with the CIFT framework (Sharma et al., 2021, JApA, 42, 73) showed the detection of a long-duration GRB 240516B. While this is separated by only ~ 266 seconds from GRB 240516A, the relative intensities in different quadrants of CZT and Veto detectors indicates a different source direction. Inspection of Fermi-GBM lightcurve shows the presence of a peak temporally coincident with this. The relative counts in various GBM detectors also indicate that the direction of this burst is different from GRB 240516A. There is no solar activity at this time in GOES data. This leads us to conclude that the two events are indeed separate GRBs.

The source was clearly detected in the CZT detectors in the 20-200 keV energy range. The light curve showed multiple peaks of emission with the strongest peak at 2024-05-16 03:41:01.50 UTC. The measured peak count rate associated with the burst is 115 (+38, -14) counts/s above the background in the combined data of all quadrants, with a total of 1333 (+280, -277) counts. The local mean background count rate was 338 (+2, -2) counts/s. Using cumulative rates, we measure a T90 of 29 (+1, -9) s.

These total counts are not enough to localise the source with CZTI, but rough count ratios in various quadrants yield a direction consistent with the direction in which corresponding Fermi detectors were pointing at the instant of GRB 240516B.

The source was also detected in the CsI anticoincidence (Veto) detector in the 100-500 keV energy range. The light curve showed multiple peaks of emission with the strongest peak at 2024-05-16 03:41:03.52 UTC. The measured peak count rate associated with the burst is 163 (+74, -18) counts/s above the background in the combined data of all quadrants, with a total of 2002 (+608, -714) counts. The local mean background count rate was 1444 (+5, -5) counts/s. We measure a T90 of 33 (+7, -15) s from the cumulative Veto light curve.

CZTI is built by a TIFR-led consortium of institutes across India, including VSSC, URSC, IUCAA, SAC, and PRL. The Indian Space Research Organisation funded, managed, and facilitated the project.

CZTI GRB detections are reported regularly on the payload site at:
http://astrosat.iucaa.in/czti/?q=grb


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