HETE-2 Observations of the X-Ray Flash XRF 040916

Kavli Affiliate: Gregory Prigozhin

| First 5 Authors: Makoto Arimoto, Nobuyuki Kawai, Atsumasa Yoshida, Toru Tamagawa, Yuji Shirasaki

| Summary:

A long X-ray flash was detected and localized by the instruments aboard the
High Energy Transient Explorer II (HETE-2) at 00:03:30 UT on 2004 September 16.
The position was reported to the GRB Coordinates Network (GCN) approximately 2
hours after the burst. This burst consists of two peaks separated by 200 s,
with durations of 110 s and 60 s. We have analyzed the energy spectra of the
1st and 2nd peaks observed with the Wide Field X-Ray Monitor (WXM) and the
French Gamma Telescope (FREGATE). We discuss the origin of the 2nd peak in
terms of flux variabilities and timescales. We find that it is most likely part
of the prompt emission, and is explained by the long-acting engine model. This
feature is similar to some bright X-ray flares detected in the early afterglow
phase of bursts observed by the Swift satellite.

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