Results are presented of early X-ray afterglow observations of GRB 060105 by Swift and Suzaku. The bright, long gamma-ray burst GRB 060105 triggered the Swift Burst Alert Telescope at 06:49:28 on 2006 January 5 (T0). The Suzaku team commenced a pre-planned target of opportunity observation at 19 ks (5.3 hr) after the Swift trigger. The X-ray flux faded during observations from 6.8 × 10-9 erg s-1 cm-2 (at T0 + 87 s with the Swift/XRT) to 1.5 × 10-13 erg s-1 cm-2 [at T0 + 94-101 ks with the Suzaku X-ray Imaging Spectrometer (XIS)] in the 2-10 keV energy band. Following prompt emission and successive very steep decay, a shallow decay was observed from T0 + 187 s to T0 + 1287 s. After an observation gap during T0 + (1.5-3) ks, an extremely early steep decay was observed in T0 + (4-30) ks. The lightcurve flattened again at T0 + 30ks, and another steep decay followed from T0 + 50ks to the end of observations. Both steep decays exhibited decay indices of 2.3-2.4. This very early break, if it is a jet break, is the earliest case among X-ray afterglow observations, suggesting a very narrow jet whose opening angle is well below 1°. The unique Suzaku/XIS data allow us to set very tight upper limits on line emission or absorption in this GRB. For the reported pseudo-redshift of z = 4.0 ± 1.3 the upper limit on the iron line equivalent width is 50 eV.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan|
|Issue number||1 SPEC. ISS.|
|State||Published - 2007|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science