Vol 20, No 8

A Pilot Study of Catching High-z GRBs and Exploring Circumburst Environment in the Forthcoming SVOM Era

Jing Wang, Yu-Lei Qiu, Jian-Yan Wei


Abstract Rapid spectroscopy of GRB afterglows is an important and hard task. Based on the archival XS-GRB spectral database, we here perform a pilot study on the afterglow’s spectroscopy in the forthcoming SVOM era in two aspects. First, our simulation indicates that the color acquired from the SVOM/VT blue and red channels is effective in discriminating between low-z (z . 3) and distant GRB candidates until z ∼ 6. Second, by doubling the sample size, we find that the previously proposed global photoionization response of the circumburst gas to the prompt emission (i.e., the CIV/CII-\(L_{\rm iso} /E_{\rm peak}^2\) relationship) is roughly confirmed, although the confirmation is dissatisfactory at the large \(L_{\rm iso} /E_{\rm peak}^2\) end. We believe that this issue can be further addressed in the SVOM era by a larger spectroscopy sample, thanks to its capability of rapid identification of optical candidates of afterglow and its anti-solar pointing strategy.


Keywords gamma ray bursts: general — techniques: photometric — techniques: spectroscopic — methods: statistical

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