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Volume 491, Number 2, November IV 2008
Page(s) L29 - L32
Section Letters
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:200810736
Published online 15 October 2008

A&A 491, L29-L32 (2008)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:200810736


A photometric redshift of z = 1.8 $^{\sf {+0.4}}_{\sf {-0.3}}$ for the AGILE GRB 080514B

A. Rossi1, A. de Ugarte Postigo2, P. Ferrero1, D. A. Kann1, S. Klose1, S. Schulze1, J. Greiner3, P. Schady4, R. Filgas1, E. E. Gonsalves1, 5, A. Küpcü Yoldaş3, 6, T. Krühler3, 7, G. Szokoly3, 8, A. Yoldaş3, P. M. J. Afonso3, C. Clemens3, J. S. Bloom9, D. A. Perley9, J. P. U. Fynbo10, A. J. Castro-Tirado11, J. Gorosabel11, P. Kubánek11, 12, A. C. Updike13, D. H. Hartmann13, A. Giuliani14, S. T. Holland15, L. Hanlon16, M. Bremer17, J. French16, 
G. Melady16, and D. A. García-Hernández18

1  Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg, Sternwarte 5, 07778 Tautenburg, Germany
    e-mail: rossi@tls-tautenburg.de
2  European Southern Observatory, Alonso de Córdova 3107, Vitacura, Casilla 19001, Santiago 19, Chile
3  Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstrasse, 85748 Garching, Germany
4  Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6NT, UK
5  Darthmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755, USA
6  European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2, 85748 Garching, Germany
7  Universe Cluster, Technische Universität München, Boltzmannstraße 2, 85748, Garching, Germany
8  Institute of Physics, Eötvös University, Pázmány P. s. 1/A, 1117 Budapest, Hungary
9  Department of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3411, USA
10  Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Juliane Maries Vej 30, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
11  Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), Apartado de Correos 3.004, 18080 Granada, Spain
12  Universidad de Valencia, Edif. Institutos de Investigación (GACE-ICMOL), Campus de Paterna, 46980 Paterna, Spain
13  Clemson University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clemson, SC 29634-0978, USA
14  INAF/IASF - Milano, via E. Bassini 15, 20133 Milano, Italy
15  Astrophysics Science Division, Code 660.1, 8800 Greenbelt Road, Goddard Space Flight Centre, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
16  School of Physics, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland
17  Institut de Radio Astronomie Millimetrique (IRAM), 300 rue de la Piscine, 38406 Saint-Martin d'Hères, France
18  Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), C/. via Láctea s/n, 38205 La Laguna (Tenerife), Spain

Received 1 August 2008 / Accepted 6 October 2008

The AGILE gamma-ray burst GRB 080514B is the first detected to have emission above 30 MeV and an optical afterglow. However, no spectroscopic redshift for this burst is known. We report on our ground-based optical/NIR and millimeter follow-up observations of this event at several observatories, including the multi-channel imager GROND on La Silla, supplemented by Swift UVOT and Swift XRT data. The spectral energy distribution (SED) of the optical/NIR afterglow is found to decline sharply bluewards to the UV bands, which can be utilized in estimating the redshift. Fitting the SED from the Swift UVOT uvw2 band to the H band, we estimate a photometric redshift of z=1.8+0.4-0.3, which is consistent with the reported pseudo-redshift based on gamma-ray data. We find that the afterglow properties of GRB 080514B do not differ from those exhibited by the global sample of long bursts. Compared with the long burst sample, we conclude that this burst was special because of its high-energy emission properties, even though both its afterglow and host galaxy are not remarkable in any way. Obviously, high-energy emission in the gamma-ray band does not automatically correlate with the occurrence of special features in the corresponding afterglow light.

Key words: gamma rays: bursts

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