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Title: Swift observations of the prompt X-ray emission and afterglow from GRB050126 and GRB050219A
Authors: Goad, Michael R.
Tagliaferri, Gianpiero
Page, Kim L.
Moretti, Alberto
Osborne, Julian P.
Kobayashi, Shiho
Kumar, P.
Mészáros, P.
Chincarini, Guido
Sakamoto, Takanori
Zhang, B.
Barthelmy, Scott D.
Beardmore, Andrew P.
Burrows, David N.
Campana, Sergio
Capalbi, M.
Cominsky, L.R.
Cusumano, Giancarlo
Gehrels, Neil
Giommi, Paolo
Godet, Olivier
Hill, Joanne E.
Kennea, Jamie A.
Krimm, H.
La Parola, V.
Mangano, V.
Mineo, T.
Morris, David C.
Mukerjee, K.
Nousek, John A.
O'Brien, Paul T.
Pagani, Claudio
Perri, M.
Romano, Patrizia
Wells, Alan A.
First Published: 2006
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Citation: Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2006, 449, pp.89-100.
Abstract: We report on the temporal and spectral characteristics of the early X-ray emission from the Gamma Ray Bursts GRB050126 and GRB050219A as observed by Swift. The X-ray light-curves of these 2 bursts both show remarkably steep early decays (F(t) alpha t−3), breaking to flatter slopes on timescales of a few hundred seconds. For GRB050126 the burst shows no evidence of spectral evolution in the 20–150 keV band, and the spectral index of the γ-ray and X-ray afterglows are significantly different suggesting a separate origin. By contrast the BAT spectrum of GRB050219A displays significant spectral evolution, becoming softer at later times, with Γ evolving toward the XRT photon index seen in the early X-ray afterglow phase. For both bursts, the 0.2–10 keV spectral index pre- and post-break in the X-ray decay light-curve are consistent with no spectral evolution. We suggest that the steep early decline in the X-ray decay light-curve is either the curvature tail of the prompt emission; X-ray flaring activity; or external forward shock emission from a jet with high density regions of small angular size (>Γ−1). The late slope we associate with the forward external shock.
DOI Link: 10.1051/0004-6361:20054457
ISSN: 0004-6361
eISSN: 1432-0746
Version: Publisher PDF
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: © The European Southern Observatory (ESO) 2006. Deposited with permission of the publisher.
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