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Characterization of SVOM Gamma-Ray Bursts Afterglows using MXT data

SL-DRF-21-0153

Research field : Astrophysics
Location :

Direction d’Astrophysique (DAP)

Laboratoire des spectro-Imageurs spatiaux (LISIS)

Saclay

Contact :

Diego GOTZ

Starting date : 01-10-2021

Contact :

Diego GOTZ
CEA - DRF/IRFU/DAP/LISIS

+33-1-69-08-59-77

Thesis supervisor :

Diego GOTZ
CEA - DRF/IRFU/DAP/LISIS

+33-1-69-08-59-77

More : http://www.svom.fr

SVOM is a mission dedicated to the detection and characterization of Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) and other multi-messenger sources, and it is scheduled for launch in June 2022.



SVOM carries a unique multi-wavelength payload, sensitive from gamma-rays to the visible band, which is complemented on ground by dedicated wide field and narrow field robotic telescopes, distributed over the entire Earth. The SVOM space segment consists of ECLAIRS, a coded mask telescope operating in the 4-150 keV energy range, GRM, a gamma-ray (20 keV-5 MeV) spectrometer, and two follow-up narrow field telescopes, VT (visible) and MXT (0.2-10 keV). The Microchannel X-ray Telescope (MXT) is a compact and light focusing X-ray telescope. The main goal of MXT is to precisely localize the X-ray counterparts of SVOM GRBs and to study in detail their spectral and temporal characteristics.



Gamma-Ray Bursts are issued either by the collapse of a very massive star (> 50 times the mass of the Sun) or by the coalescence of two compact objects (most likely neutron stars). In both scenari a short lived (less than ~100 s) gamma ray emission is followed by a longer lived (hours to days) X-ray emission, that can provide useful information about the GRB environment, the associated emission processes and, possibly, the nature of the GRB progenitors.



The successful PHD candidate will in first place contribute to the analysis the MXT flight model calibration data obtained in summer 2021 at the PANTER X-ray testing facility. In particular, the PHD student will be in charge of producing the MXT spectral response matrices before the SVOM launch, and of updating them during the first two years of the mission, by analyzing the in-flight calibration data.



The PHD student will be part of the MXT science team, act as a SVOM Burst Advocate, and thanks to this experience and to the deep instrumental knowledge acquired she/he will be able to correctly analyze, since the very beginning of the SVOM mission, X-ray afterglow data, and couple them to the multi wavelength data in order to build a clear phenomenological picture of the SVOM GRBs. In fact, the early GRB afterglow phase is still not fully understood, in particular from the point of view of the contribution of the GRB central engine to the so-called “plateau phases” of the afterglow light curve, whose interpretation could lead to a better understanding of the GRB progenitors.

• Astrophysics

 

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