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 A V = 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.

The dust depletion and extinction of the GRB 020813 afterglow

SAVAGLIO, SANDRA
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
2005

Abstract

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 A V = 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.
Astrophysics
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11770/152567
 Attenzione

Attenzione! I dati visualizzati non sono stati sottoposti a validazione da parte dell'ateneo

Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 0
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 0
social impact