The bright optical afterglow of the long GRB 001007

J.M.C. Ceron, A.J. Castro-Tirado, J. Gorosabel, J. Hjorth, J.U. Fynbo, B.L. Jensen, H. Pedersen, M.I. Andersen, M. Lopez-Corredoira, O. Suarez, Y. Grosdidier, J. Casares, D.P. Perez-Ramirez, B. Milvang-Jensen, G. Mallen-Ornelas, A. Fruchter, J. Greiner, E. Pian, P.M. Vreeswijk, S.D. BarthelmyT. Cline, F. Frontera, L. Kaper, S. Klose, C. Kouveliotou, D.H. Hartmann, K. Hurley, N. Masetti, E. Mazets, E. Palazzi, H.S. Park, E. Rol, I. Salamanca, N. Tanvir, J.I. Trombka, R.A.M.J. Wijers, G.G. Williams, E. van den Heuvel

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Abstract

We present optical follow up observations of the long GRB 001007 between 6.14 hours and similar to468 days after the event. An unusually bright optical afterglow (OA) was seen to decline following a steep power law decay with index alpha = -2.03 +/- 0.11, possibly indicating a break in the light curve at t - t(0) <3.5 days, as found in other bursts. Upper limits imposed by the LOTIS alerting system 6.14 hours after the gamma ray event provide tentative (1.2σ) evidence for a break in the optical light curve. The spectral index β of the OA yields -1.24 +/- 0.57. These values may be explained both by several fireball jet models and by the cannonball model. Fireball spherical expansion models are not favoured. Late epoch deep imaging revealed the presence of a complex host galaxy system, composed of at least two objects located 1.2" (1.7σ) and 1.9" (2.7σ) from the afterglow position.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAstronomy & Astrophysics
Volume393
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)445-451
ISSN0004-6361
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Gamma rays
  • Bursts techniques
  • Photometric cosmology
  • Observations

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