D. Palmer (LANL), 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), K. McLean (GSFC/UMD),
T. Sakamoto (GSFC/UMBC), G. Sato (GSFC/ISAS), M. Stamatikos (GSFC/ORAU),
M. C. Stroh (PSU), J. Tueller (GSFC), T. Ukwatta (GWU)
(i.e. the Swift-BAT team):
Using the data set from T-239 to T+963 sec from recent telemetry downlinks,
we report further analysis of BAT GRB 080523 (trigger #312242)
(Stroh, et al., GCN Circ. 7767). The BAT ground-calculated position is
RA, Dec = 20.769, -64.060 deg, which is
RA(J2000) = 01h 23m 04.4s
Dec(J2000) = -64d 03' 36.0"
with an uncertainty of 1.7 arcmin, (radius, sys+stat, 90% containment).
The partial coding was 100%.
The mask-weighted light curve shows a FRED-like peak starting at ~T-10 sec,
peaking at ~T+4, and ending at ~T+80 sec. There is a weak second peak
starting,ending at 80,110 sec, respectively. T90 (15-350 keV) is
102 +- 15 sec (estimated error including systematics).
The time-averaged spectrum from T-6.1 to T+111.9 sec is best fit by a simple
power-law model. The power law index of the time-averaged spectrum is
1.65 +- 0.18. The fluence in the 15-150 keV band is 8.8 +- 1.0 x 10^-7 erg/cm2.
The 1-sec peak photon flux measured from T+3.89 sec in the 15-150 keV band
is 0.5 +- 0.1 ph/cm2/sec. All the quoted errors are at the 90% confidence
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) Power Law photon index = 1.65 (PL photon index < 2)
2) 1-s peak photon flux = 0.51 (1-s peak photon flux < 1.0 ph/cm2/s)
3) Light curve variance = 1.2e-05 (Variance < 0.0001)
4) T90/(Peak photon flux) = 201 (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.