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Volume 464, Number 3, March IV 2007
Page(s) 903 - 908
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20066539

A&A 464, 903-908 (2007)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20066539

Optical observations of GRB 060124 afterglow: a case for an injection break

K. Misra1, D. Bhattacharya2, D. K. Sahu3, R. Sagar1, G. C. Anupama4, A. J. Castro-Tirado5, S. S. Guziy5, 6, and B. C. Bhatt3

1  Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Manora Peak, Nainital 263 129, India
    e-mail: [kuntal;sagar]@aries.ernet.in
2  Raman Research Institute, Bangalore 560 080, India
    e-mail: dipankar@rri.res.in
3  Center for Research and Education in Science & Technology, Hosakote, Bangalore 562 114, India
    e-mail: dks,bcb@crest.ernet.in
4  Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, 560 034, India
    e-mail: gca@iiap.res.in
5  Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), PO Box 03004, 18080 Granada, Spain
    e-mail: ajct,gss@iaa.es
6  Nikolaev State University, Nikolskaya 24, 54030 Nikolaev, Ukraine

(Received 10 October 2006 / Accepted 8 January 2007 )

Aims.We present broad band optical afterglow observations of a long duration GRB 060124 using the 1.04-m Sampurnanand Telescope at ARIES, Nainital and the 2.01-m HCT at IAO, Hanle, including the earliest ground-based observations in R band for this GRB. We determine the decay slope of the light curve at different bands and examine the reality of a proposed jet break.
Methods.We use data from our observations as well as others reported in the literature to construct light curves in different bands and make power law fits to them. The spectral slope of the afterglow emission in the optical band is estimated.
Results.Our first R-band observations were taken ~0.038 d after burst. We find that all available optical data after this epoch are well fit by a single power law, with a temporal flux decay index $\alpha\sim 0.94$. We do not find any evidence of a jet break within our data, which extend till ~2 d after the burst. The X-ray light curve, however, shows a distinct break around 0.6 day. We attribute this break to a steepening of the electron energy spectrum at high energies.
Conclusions.We conclude that the above measurements are consistent with the picture of a standard fireball evolution with no jet break within $t\sim 2$ days after the burst. This sets a lower limit of $3\times 10^{50}$ erg to the total energy released in the explosion.

Key words: gamma rays: bursts -- techniques: photometric

© ESO 2007

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