Tuesday, November 04, 2014

[1410.1536] Search for gamma-rays from the unusually bright GRB 130427A with the HAWC Gamma-ray Observatory

[1410.1536] Search for gamma-rays from the unusually bright GRB 130427A with the HAWC Gamma-ray Observatory:



 "The long gamma-ray burst (GRB) 130427A was the most powerful burst ever detected with a redshift z≲0.5, featuring the highest energy photon so far detected from a GRB and the longest lasting emission above 100 MeV. The HAWC Gamma-ray Observatory is a new extensive air shower detector currently under construction in central Mexico. It features two data acquisition (DAQ) systems - one designed to readout full air-shower events (main DAQ) and the other one counting the signals in each photomultiplier tube (scaler DAQ). The burst occurred at a zenith angle of 57∘, when HAWC was running 10% of the final detector and collecting data with the scaler DAQ only. Based on the observed light curve at MeV-GeV energies, 8 different time periods have been searched for prompt and delayed emission from this GRB. In all cases, no statistically significant excess of counts has been found and upper limits have been placed. It is shown that a similar GRB close to zenith would be easily detected by the full HAWC detector, which will be completed soon. A detection could provide evidence for a synchrotron self-Compton emission scenario that has been invoked by some authors for GRB 130427A. The observation of a possible cut-off beyond the LAT energy range could be the signature of gamma-ray absorption, either in the GRB or along the line of sight due to the extragalactic background light."



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