Skip to main content
New Announcement Feature, Code of Conduct, Circular Revisions. See news and announcements

GCN Circular 7692

GRB 080506, Swift-BAT refined analysis
2008-05-07T14:23:57Z (16 years ago)
Scott Barthelmy at NASA/GSFC <>
K. McLean (GSFC/UMD), S. D. Barthelmy (GSFC), W. Baumgartner (GSFC/UMBC),
J. Cummings (GSFC/UMBC), E. Fenimore (LANL), N. Gehrels (GSFC),
H. Krimm (GSFC/USRA), C. Markwardt (GSFC/UMD), D. Palmer (LANL),
T. Sakamoto (GSFC/UMBC), G. Sato (GSFC/ISAS), M. Stamatikos (GSFC/ORAU),
J. Tueller (GSFC), T. Ukwatta (GWU)
(i.e. the Swift-BAT team):
Using the data set from T-239 to T+903 sec from recent telemetry downlinks,
we report further analysis of BAT GRB 080506 (trigger #311159)
(Baumgartner, et al., GCN Circ. 7685).  The BAT ground-calculated position is
RA, Dec = 329.467, 38.961 deg, which is 
   RA(J2000)  =  21h 57m 52.1s 
   Dec(J2000) = +38d 57' 40.0" 
with an uncertainty of 2.5 arcmin, (radius, sys+stat, 90% containment).
The partial coding was 60%.
The mask-weighted light curve shows two episodes of emission, the first
starting at ~T+20 sec, peaking at ~T+40 sec, and returning to background
at ~T+90 sec.  The second episode starts at ~T+100 sec, peaks at ~T+150 sec,
and ends at ~T+200 sec.  T90 (15-350 keV) is 150 +- 20 sec
(estimated error including systematics).
The time-averaged spectrum from T+25.8 to T+188.8 sec is best fit by a simple
power-law model.  The power law index of the time-averaged spectrum is
1.87 +- 0.19.  The fluence in the 15-150 keV band is 1.3 +- 0.2 x 10^-06 erg/cm2.
The 1-sec peak photon flux measured from T+134.48 sec in the 15-150 keV band
is 0.4 +- 0.1 ph/cm2/sec.  All the quoted errors are at the 90% confidence level. 
The results of the batgrbproduct analysis are available at
This burst satisfies Sakamoto/Ukwatta Swift-BAT possible high-z criteria
(Ukwatta et al. arXiv:0802.3815):
1) PL photon index = 1.87          (PL photon index < 2)
2) 1-s peak photon flux = 0.4      (1-s peak photon flux < 1.0 ph/cm2/s)
3) Light curve variance = 6.2x10-6 (Variance < 0.0001)
4) T90/(Peak photon flux) = 403    (T90/(Peak photon flux) > 100)
Based on a limited sample of bursts, these criteria yield
an 85% chance it has a redshift greater than 3.5.
Looking for U.S. government information and services? Visit