Volume 563, March 2014
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Published online||25 February 2014|
A search for lines in the bright X-ray afterglow of GRB 120711A
INAF, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica Milano, via E.
Accepted: 14 July 2013
Gamma-ray burst (GRB) 120711A, discovered and rapidly localized by the INTEGRAL satellite, attracted particular interest due to its high γ-ray fluence and very bright X-ray afterglow and due to the detection of a prompt optical transient and long-lasting emission at GeV energies. A follow-up observation carried out with the XMM-Newton satellite has provided an X-ray spectrum in the 0.3−10 keV with unprecedented statistics for a GRB afterglow that is 20 h after the burst. The spectrum is well fit by a power-law with photon index 1.87 ± 0.01, modified by absorption in our Galaxy and at z = 1.4 in the GRB host. A Galactic absorption consistent with that estimated from neutral hydrogen observations is obtained only with a host metallicity lower than 5% of the solar value. We report the results of a sensitive search for emission and absorption lines using the matched filter smoothing method. No statistically significant lines were found. The upper limits on the equivalent width of emission lines, derived through Monte Carlo simulations, are a few tens of eV with a factor ~10 lower than that of the possible lines reported in the literature for other bursts.
Key words: X-rays: bursts
© ESO, 2014
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