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GRB 051022

Title: An Optically Dark GRB Observed by HETE-2: GRB 051022
Authors: Yujin E. Nakagawa, Atsumasa Yoshida, Satoshi Sugita, Kaoru Tanaka, Nobuyuki Ishikawa, Toru Tamagawa, Motoko Suzuki, Yuji Shirasaki, Nobuyuki Kawai, Masaru Matsuoka, Jean-Luc Atteia, Alexandre Pelangeon, Roland Vanderspek, Geoff B. Crew, Joel S. Villasenor, Nat Butler, John Doty, George R. Ricker, Graziella Pizzichini, Timothy Q. Donaghy, Donald Q. Lamb, Carlo Graziani, Rie Sato, Makoto Arimoto, Jun'ichi Kotoku, J. Garret Jernigan, Takanori Sakamoto, Jean-Francois Olive, Michel Boer, Edward E. Fenimore, Mark Galassi, Stanford E. Woosley, Makoto Yamauchi, Kunio Takagishi, Isamu Hatsukade

GRB 051022 was detected at 13:07:58 on 22 October 2005 by HETE-2. The location of GRB 051022 was determined immediately by the flight localisation system. This burst contains multiple pulses and has a rather long duration of about 190 seconds. The detections of candidate X-ray and radio afterglows were reported, whereas no optical afterglow was found. The optical spectroscopic observations of the host galaxy revealed the redshift z = 0.8. Using the data derived by HETE-2 observation of the prompt emission, we found the absorption N_H = 8.8 -2.9/+3.1 x 10^22 cm^-2 and the visual extinction A_V = 49 -16/+17 mag in the host galaxy. If this is the case, no detection of any optical transient would be quite reasonable. The absorption derived by the Swift XRT observations of the afterglow is fully consistent with those obtained from the early HETE-2 observation of the prompt emission. Our analysis implies an interpretation that the absorbing medium could be outside external shock at R ~ 10^16 cm, which may be a dusty molecular cloud.

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