POLARIZATION MEASUREMENT OF GRB 041219A WITH SPI
Kalemci, Emrah and Boggs, Steven E. and Kouveliotou, Chryssa and Finger, Mark H. and Baring, Matthew (2007) POLARIZATION MEASUREMENT OF GRB 041219A WITH SPI. In: The 6th INTEGRAL Workshop, the Obscured Universe, Moscow, Russia (Accepted/In Press)
Measuring the polarization of the prompt gamma-ray emission from GRBs can signicantly improve our understanding of both the GRB emission mechanisms, as well as of the underlying engine driving the explosion. We searched for polarization in the prompt gamma-ray emission of GRB 041219a with the SPI instrument. Using multiple detector coincidence events in the 100–350 keV energy band, our analysis yields a polarization fraction from this GRB of 98 +-33%. Statistically, we cannot claim a polarization detection from this source. We cannot strongly rule out the possibility that the measured modulation is dominated by instrumental systematics. Therefore, SPI observations of GRB 041219a do not significantly constrain GRB models. However, this measurement demonstrates the capability of SPI to measure polarization, and the techniques developed for this analysis.
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