Apr 12 – 17, 2021
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

Fermi-GBM and Swift-BAT detection of an extragalactic magnetar giant flare

Apr 14, 2021, 7:18 AM
Poster Gamma-ray Bursts Gamma-ray Bursts/SN/Instrumentation-2


Peter Veres


We present the observations of the first unambiguous magnetar giant flare from outside of our galactic neighborhood. At the beginning, GRB 200415A was identified as a short GRB, but upon further investigation and observations from additional instruments, we concluded this event was a giant flare from a magnetar located in the Sculptor galaxy, 3.5 Mpc away. The GBM lightcurve shows very fast (shorter than 0.1 ms) variability, which is unprecedented among both magnetar giant flare and GRB observations. Based on the MeV range photons that Fermi-GBM detected, we find proof of relativistic expansion. We will show the detailed data analysis, the fast spectral evolution and the interpretation of this unique event.

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