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GRB 050713A

Title: GRB 050713A: High Energy Observations of the GRB Prompt and Afterglow Emission
Authors: D.C. Morris, J. Reeves, V. Pal'shin, M. Garczarczyk, A.D.Falcone, D.N. Burrows, H. Krimm, N. Galante, M. Gaug, S. Mizobuchi, C. Pagani, A. Stamerra, M. Teshima, A.P. Beardmore, O. Godet, N. Gehrels
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Swift discovered GRB 050713A and slewed promptly to begin observing with its narrow field instruments 72.6 seconds after the burst onset, while the prompt gamma-ray emission was still detectable in the BAT. Simultaneous emission from two flares is detected in the BAT and XRT. This burst marks just the second time that the BAT and XRT have simultaneously detected emission from a burst and the first time that both instruments have produced a well sampled, simultaneous dataset covering multiple X-ray flares. The temporal rise and decay parameters of the flares are consistent with the internal shock mechanism. In addition to the Swift coverage of GRB 050713A, we report on the Konus-Wind (K-W) detection of the prompt emission in the energy range 18-1150 keV, an upper limiting GeV measurement of the prompt emission made by the MAGIC imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescope and XMM-Newton observations of the afterglow. Simultaneous observation between Swift XRT and XMM-Newton produce consistent results, showing a break in the lightcurve at T+~15ks. Together, these four observatories provide unusually broad spectral coverage of the prompt emission and detailed X-ray follow-up of the afterglow for two weeks after the burst trigger. Simultaneous spectral fits of K-W with BAT and BAT with XRT data indicate that an absorbed broken powerlaw is often a better fit to GRB flares than a simple absorbed powerlaw. These spectral results together with the rapid temporal rise and decay of the flares suggest that flares are produced in internal shocks due to late time central engine activity.

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