The dust depletion and extinction of the GRB 020813 afterglow

Savaglio, S. and Fall, S. M. (2005) The dust depletion and extinction of the GRB 020813 afterglow. Il nuovo cimento C, 28 (4\5). pp. 541-544. ISSN 1826-9885

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The Keck optical spectrum of the GRB 020813 afterglow is the best ever obtained for GRBs. Its large spectral range and very high S/N ratio allowed for the first time the detection of a vast variety of absorption lines, associated with the circumburst medium or interstellar medium of the host. The remarkable similarity of the relative abundances of 8 elements with the dust depletion pattern seen in the Galactic ISM suggests the presence of dust. The derived visual dust extinction AV = 0.40±0.06 contradicts the featureless UV spectrum of the afterglow, very well described by a unreddened power law. The forthcoming Swift era will open exciting opportunities to explain similar phenomena in other GRB afterglows.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper presented at the “4th Workshop on Gamma-Ray Burst in the Afterglow Era”, Rome, October 18-22, 2004.
Uncontrolled Keywords: γ-ray sources; γ-ray bursts
Subjects: 500 Scienze naturali e Matematica > 520 Astronomia e scienze connesse
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2020 17:03
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2020 17:03

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