Status Report

NASA SWIFT: Swift-BAT trigger is GRB 060203

By SpaceRef Editor
February 6, 2006
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NASA SWIFT: Swift-BAT trigger is GRB 060203

NUMBER: 4649
SUBJECT: Swift-BAT trigger is GRB 060203
DATE: 06/02/04 04:32:04 GMT
FROM: Scott Barthelmy at NASA/GSFC

J. Cummings (GSFC/NRC), L. Barbier (GSFC), S. Barthelmy (GSFC), E. Fenimore (LANL), N. Gehrels (GSFC), D. Hullinger (GSFC/UMD), H. Krimm (GSFC/USRA), C. Markwardt (GSFC/UMD), D. Palmer (LANL), A. Parsons (GSFC), T. Sakamoto (GSFC/NRC), G. Sato (ISAS), J. Tueller (GSFC) on behalf of the Swift-BAT team:

Using the partial data set from T-60.0 to T+123.1 sec from the recent telemetry downlink, we report further analysis of BAT GRB 060203 (trigger #180151) (Retter, et al., GCN 4641). The BAT ground-calculated position is RA,Dec = 103.468,+71.841 deg {06h 53m 52s,+71d 50′ 28″} (J2000) +- 2.8 arcmin, (radius, sys+stat, 90% containment). This is 2 arcmin from the ground-calculated XRT position in Circ 4644. The partial coding was 50%.

The burst has a single broad shallow peak starting at T-20 to T+65 sec. We are waiting for more data to be downlinked and may find that this burst lasts longer than our current estimate. T90 (15-350 keV) is (83 +- 5) sec (estimated error including systematics).

We note that our initial doubts about the reality of this burst have significantly diminished after analyzing the Malindi data set, but these doubts have not been completely eliminated. There is still a small possibility that this trigger is a hard x-ray transient, and not a GRB. It is, however, not at all related to a phantom trigger due to the star tracker problem.

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