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GCN Circular 7762

GRB 080515: Swift-XRT position and analysis
2008-05-22T13:58:50Z (16 years ago)
Kim Page at U.of Leicester <>
K.L. Page, A.P. Beardmore (U. Leicester) and S.T. Holland 
(CRESST/USRA/GSFC) report on behalf of the Swift-XRT and UVOT teams:

A follow-up observation of GRB 080515 was performed about 1.5 days after 
the initial trigger (Holland et al., GCN Circ. 7721), when the burst was 
no longer Sun-constrained. An X-ray source was identified within the BAT 
ground-calculated error circle (Fenimore et al., GCN Circ. 7726). A 
further observation, 3.5 days later, confirmed that the source is fading, 
with alpha = 1.0 +0.7/-0.5. We therefore believe this is the X-ray 
afterglow of the GRB.

The position of this source is RA, Dec = 3.16343, 32.57894, which is 
equivalent to:

RA(J2000) =   00 12 39.22
Dec(J2000) = +32 34 44.2

with an uncertainty of 3.8 arcsec (radius, 90% containment). This is 54 
arcsec from the BAT position given by Fenimore et al. in GCN Circ. 7726.

A spectrum of the source can be fitted with a power-law of Gamma = 1.95 
+/- 0.34, absorbed by the Galactic column of 4.65x10^20 cm^-2. This 
spectrum, averaged over 1.5-6.6 days after the burst, has an observed 
(unabsorbed) flux of 2.28x10^-13 (2.59x10^-13) erg cm^-2 s^-1.

The field was observed by UVOT with the v filter for 6262 s between 
~1.5 and 2.4 days after the BAT trigger.  The XRT error circle is
located in the scattered light halo of the B = 11.4 star TYC 2264-1051-1, 
so it is not possible to constrain the presence of an afterglow in the 
UVOT data.

This circular is an official product of the Swift-XRT and UVOT teams.
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