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Title: Discovery of the near-IR afterglow and of the host of GRB 030528
Authors: Rau, A.
Greiner, J.
Salvato, M.
Küpcü Yoldaş A
Klose, S.
Zeh, A.
Kann, D. A.
Castro Cerón JM
Fruchter, A.
Levan, A.
Gorosabel, J.
Hartmann, D. H.
Rhoads, J.
Tanvir, N. R.
Gorosabel, J.
Castro-Tirado, A. J.
Hjorth, J.
Vinter, C.
Fynbo, J. P. U.
Beaulieu, J. P.
Donatowicz, J.
Fynbo, J. P. U.
Kouveliotou, C.
Masetti, N.
Palazzi, E.
Pian, E.
Møller, P.
Pian, E.
Wijers, R. A. M. J.
Van Den Heuvel EPJ
First Published: Dec-2004
Publisher: EDP Sciences for European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Citation: Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2004, 427 (3), pp. 815-823
Abstract: The rapid dissemination of an arcmin-sized HETE-2 localization of the long-duration X-ray flash GRB 030528 led to a ground-based multi-observatory follow-up campaign. We report the discovery of the near-IR afterglow, and also describe the detection of the underlying host galaxy in the optical and near-IR bands. The afterglow is classified as "optically dark" as it was not detected in the optical band. The K-band photometry presented here suggests that the lack of optical detection was simply the result of observational limitations (lack of rapid and deep observations plus high foreground extinction). Simple power law fits to the afterglow in the K-band suggest a typically decay with a slope of $\alpha=1.2$. The properties of the host are consistent with the idea that GRB hosts are star forming blue galaxies. The redshift of GRB 030528 can not be determined accurately, but the data favour redshifts less than unity. In addition, we present an optical and near-IR analysis of the X-ray source CXOU J170354.0-223654 from the vicinity of GRB 030528.
DOI Link: 10.1051/0004-6361:20041545
ISSN: 0004-6361
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2004 ESO. Reproduced with permission from Astronomy & Astrophysics, © ESO.
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