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Title: Herschel/PACS observations of the host galaxy of GRB 031203
Authors: Symeonidis, M.
Oates, S. R.
de Pasquale, M.
Page, M. J.
Wiersema, K.
Starling, Rhaana L. C.
Schady, P.
Seymour, N.
O'Halloran, B.
First Published: 18-Jul-2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, 2014, 443 (1), pp. L124-L128
Abstract: We present Herschel/PACS observations of the nearby (z = 0.1055) dwarf galaxy that has hosted the long gamma-ray burst (LGRB) 031203. Using the PACS data, we have been able to place constraints on the dust temperature, dust mass, total infrared (IR) luminosity and IR-derived star formation rate (SFR) for this object. We find that the GRB host galaxy (GRBH) 031203 has a total IR luminosity of 3 × 10¹⁰ L⊙ placing it in the regime of the IR-luminous galaxy population. Its dust temperature and specific SFR are comparable to that of many high-redshift (z = 0.3–2.5) IR-detected GRB hosts (Tdust > 40 K; sSFR > 10 Gyr−¹); however, its dust-to-stellar mass ratio is lower than what is commonly seen in IR-luminous galaxies. Our results suggest that GRBH 031203 is undergoing a strong starburst episode and its dust properties are different to those of local dwarf galaxies within the same metallicity and stellar mass range. Furthermore, our measurements place it in a distinct class to the well-studied nearby host of GRB 980425 (z = 0.0085), confirming the notion that GRB host galaxies can span a large range in properties even at similar cosmological epochs, making LGRBs an ideal tool in selecting samples of star-forming galaxies up to high redshift.
DOI Link: 10.1093/mnrasl/slu090
eISSN: 1745-3933
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: This article has been accepted for publication in MNRASL, Copyright © 2014 the Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Description: Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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