Optical follow-up of the GRB 010222 afterglow by Subaru telescope

Jun Ichi Watanabe, Daisuke Kinoshita, Yutaka Komiyama, Tetsuharu Fuse, Yuji Urata, Fumi Yoshida

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The optical afterglow of a gamma ray burst, GRB 010222, which was discovered by the BeppoSAX Team as the brightest one ever detected, was observed by Suprime-Cam of the Subaru Telescope at Mauna Kea. The obtained R-band magnitude was 18.59 ± 0.04 at February 22.51 UT, 18.99 ± 0.04 at February 22.65 UT, and 21.76 ± 0.03 at February 25.64 UT. The light curve made from all data reported so far shows the decay of the brightness with a broken power law, of which the indices are -0.92 ± 0.01 before and -1.27 ± 0.01 after the break. The break point of the light curve is 0.73 ± 0.02 d after the burst, which is the earliest example ever observed. A brief summary of our follow-up observations, together with the importance of the optical follow-up capable by the Subaru telescope, is described in this letter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L27-L31
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Japan
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001


  • Cosmology: Early universe
  • Gamma rays: Bursts
  • Gamma rays: Individual (GRB 010222)
  • Gamma rays: Observations
  • High energy astrophysics: General


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