Volume 442, Number 2, November I 2005
|Page(s)||L21 - L24|
|Published online||07 October 2005|
Letter to the Editor
Gas and dust properties in the afterglow spectra of GRB 050730
Astronomical Institute “Anton Pannekoek”, University of Amsterdam, Kruislaan 403, 1098 SJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 European Southern Observatory, Alonso de Córdova 3107, Casilla 19001, Santiago 19, Chile
3 Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Victoria, Elliott Building, 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC, V8P 1A1, Canada
4 Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
5 Centre for Astrophysics Research, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts. AL10 9AB, UK
6 Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, The Hicks Building, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7RH, UK
7 Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (CSIC), PO Box 3004, 18080 Granada, Spain
8 NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, NSSTC, XD-12, 320 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL 35805, USA
Accepted: 3 September 2005
We present early WHT ISIS optical spectroscopy of the afterglow of gamma-ray burst GRB 050730. The spectrum shows a DLA system with the highest measured hydrogen column to date: N(H ) = at the third-highest GRB redshift z = 3.968. Our analysis of the Swift XRT X-ray observations of the early afterglow show X-ray flares accompanied by decreasing X-ray absorption. From both the optical and the X-ray spectra we constrain the dust and gas properties of the host galaxy. We find the host to be a low metallicity galaxy, with low dust content. Much of the X-ray absorbing gas is situated close to the GRB, whilst the H I absorption causing the DLA is most likely located further out.
Key words: gamma rays: bursts / galaxies: distances and redshifts / cosmology: observations
© ESO, 2005
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