Late Central-engine Activity in GRB 180205A

R. L. Becerra, A. M. Watson, N. Fraija, Nathaniel Butler, W. H. Lee, E. Troja, C. G. Román-Zñiga, A. S. Kutyrev, L. C. Álvarez Nuñez, F. Ángeles, O. Chapa, S. Cuevas, A. S. Farah, J. Fuentes-Fernández, L. Figueroa, R. Langarica, F. Quirós, J. Ruíz-Díaz-Soto, C. G. Tejada, S. J. Tinoco

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We present optical photometry of the afterglow of the long GRB 180205A with the COATLI telescope from 217 s to about 5 days after the Swift/BAT trigger. We analyze this photometry in conjunction with the X-ray light curve from Swift/XRT. The late-time light curves and spectra are consistent with the standard forward-shock scenario. However, the early-time optical and X-ray light curves show atypical behavior; the optical light curve exhibits a flat plateau while the X-ray light curve shows a flare. We explore several scenarios and conclude that the most likely explanation for the early behavior is late activity of the central engine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number118
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2019


  • gamma-ray burst: individual (GRB 180205A)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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  • Optical obs. of GRB 180205A with COATLI

    Becerra, R. L. (Creator), Watson, A. M. (Creator), Fraija, N. (Creator), Butler, N. (Creator), Lee, W. H. (Creator), Troja, E. (Creator), Román-Zñiga, C. G. (Contributor), Kutyrev, A. S. (Creator), Álvarez Nuñez, N. L. C. (Contributor), Ángeles, F. (Contributor), Chapa, O. (Creator), Cuevas, S. (Creator), Farah, A. S. (Creator), Fuentes-Fernández, J. (Contributor), Figueroa, L. (Creator), Langarica, R. (Creator), Quirós, F. (Contributor), Ruíz-Díaz-Soto, J. (Contributor), Tejada, C. G. (Creator), Tinoco, S. J. (Creator), Roman-Zuniga, C. G. (Creator) & Alvarez Nunez, L. C. (Creator), Strasbourg Astronomical Data Center, 2020


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