Volume 515, June 2010
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Published online||10 June 2010|
Letter to the Editor
Highly extinguished host galaxy of the dark GRB 020819
European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2, 85748 Garching, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstrasse 1, 85748 Garching, Germany
3 Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg, Sternwarte 5, 07778 Tautenburg, Germany
4 Universe Cluster, Technische Universität München, Boltzmannstrasse 2, 85748 Garching, Germany
Accepted: 6 May 2010
We analyse the properties of the host galaxy of the optically dark gamma-ray burst (GRB) 020819 (z = 0.41) and discuss the possible implications in the context of “dark” GRBs. We present grizJHK photometry of the host galaxy and fit the broad spectral energy distribution including the public Spitzer IRAC data using stellar population models. The broad spectral energy distribution (SED) indicates a high extinction, AV ~ 1.8–2.6 mag, for this relatively massive galaxy. This is the highest global extinction for a GRB host galaxy with a robust spectroscopic redshift. The properties of the host galaxy are indicative of dusty, intense star-formation, which differ from those of the current sample of GRB hosts. This implies that the dust extinction is one of the main reasons for the darkness of low-redshift bursts and that the long GRB host population is far more diverse than previously anticipated.
Key words: gamma-ray burst: general / galaxies: ISM / galaxies: individual: GRB 020819 / galaxies: photometry
© ESO, 2010
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