Spectral Properties of Prompt Emission of Four Short Gamma-Ray Bursts Observed by the Suzaku-WAM and the Konus-Wind

Spectral Properties of Prompt Emission of Four Short Gamma-Ray Bursts Observed by the Suzaku-WAM and the Konus-Wind


We have performed a joint analysis of prompt emission from four bright short gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) with the Suzaku-WAM and the Konus-Wind experiments. This joint analysis allows us to investigate the spectral properties of short-duration bursts over a wider energy band with a higher accuracy. We find that these bursts have a high E, around 1 MeV and have a harder power-law component than that of long GRBs. However, we can not determine whether these spectra follow the cut-off power-law model or the Band model.

We also investigated the spectral lag, hardness ratio, inferred isotropic radiation energy and existence of a soft emission hump, in order to classify them into short or long GRBs using several criteria, in addition to the burst duration. We find that all criteria, except for the existence of the soft hump, support the fact that our four GRB samples are correctly classified as belonging to the short class. In addition, our broad-band analysis revealed that there is no evidence of GRBs with a very large hardness ratio, as seen in the BATSE short GRB sample, and that the spectral lag of our four short GRBs is consistent with zero, even in the MeV energy band, unlike long GRBs. Although our short GRB samples are still limited, these results suggest that the spectral hardness of short GRBs might not differ significantly from that of long GRBs, and also that the spectral lag at high energies could be a strong criterion for burst classification.


M.Ohno et al.Suzaku-WAM and Konus-Wind Observation of Short Gamma-Ray Bursts \Received2007/01/29\Accepted2007/03/07


1 Introduction

The bimodal distribution of the duration of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) indicates that there are two distinct classes of events. The long-duration bursts have typical durations of around 20 s, while the short-duration bursts (about 1/4 of the total) have durations of around 0.3 s ([Mazets et al.(1981)]; [Norris et al.(1984)]; [Dezalay et al.(1992)]; [Hurley(1992)]; [Kouveliotou et al.(1993)]; [Norris et al.(2000)]). This suggests that the short and long GRBs may have different progenitors. Core collapse of massive stars and mergers of compact binaries are considered likely models for the long and short GRBs, respectively ([Katz & Canel(1996)]; [Ruffert & Janka(1999)]). Recently, thanks to the rapid position information provided by HETE-2 ([Ricker et al.(2003)]) and Swift ([Gehrels et al.(2004)]), afterglow observations have progressed dramatically and X-ray and optical afterglow emissions were discovered from some short GRBs ([Hjorth et al.(2005)]; [Fox et al.(2005)]), as well as long ones. Some short GRB afterglows have been found to be associated with galaxies not undergoing star formation, while some long GRBs have been found to be associated with energetic supernovae. These results support the hypothesis that long and short GRBs indeed have different progenitors.

From the point of view of prompt gamma-ray emission, although the spectral characteristics of long GRBs have been well studied ([Frontera et al.(2000)]: BeppoSAX; [Kaneko et al.(2006)]: BATSE; [Sakamoto et al.(2005b)]: HETE-2), our understanding of that of short GRBs is still incomplete, in part due to their very short durations. The spectral characteristics of BATSE short GRBs are often characterized by the hardness ratio, that is, the ratio of 100–300 keV to 25–100 keV counts or fluence ([Kouveliotou et al.(1993)]; [Cline et al.(1999)]). These studies suggest that, although there is considerable overlap, short GRBs tend to be harder than long GRBs. Paciesas et al. (2001) and Ghirlanda et al. (2004) compared the spectral parameters of bright BATSE short GRBs with those of long GRBs by spectral fitting. They pointed out that the spectra of short GRBs are well described by a cut-off power-law model and that the Band model ([Band et al.(1993)]) did not improve the fit. They also confirmed that the spectra of short GRBs are harder than those of long GRBs. This was found to be a consequence of a flat low energy photon index, rather than a difference in the peak energies.

There is another complicating issue in the classification of short and long GRBs. Since their duration distributions overlap, other distinguishing criteria have been proposed, such as differences in the host galaxy ([Hjorth et al.(2003)]; [Hjorth et al.(2005)]), spectral hardness ([Cline et al.(1999)]), spectral lag ([Norris(2002)]; [Norris & Bonnell(2006)]), isotropic radiation energy ([Amati et al.(2002)]; [Amati(2006)]), and the existence of a soft hump ([Norris & Bonnell(2006)]), or a combination of these and other characteristics ([Donaghy et al.(2006)]). Indeed, some GRBs cannot be classified as short or long using the burst duration alone. For example, GRB 040429 was classified as short using the burst duration (2.39 s), but other properties such as spectral lag and hardness resembled those of long GRBs ([Wiersema et al.(2004)]; [Fox & Moon(2004)]; [Donaghy et al.(2006)]). GRB 051227 ([Hullinger et al.(2005)]; [Barthelmy et al.(2005a)]; [Sakamoto et al.(2005)]) had a long enough duration of 8.0 s to be classified as long. However, this burst had no significant spectral lag in the initial spike, which is seen in many long GRBs ([Norris et al.(1996)]), and it also had a long soft hump in the light curve. These two properties are similar to those of short GRBs. GRB 060614 ([Gehrels et al.(2006)]) exhibited a long duration (102 s). However, it did not have any significant spectral lag in the initial spike, and also there were no signs of any associated supernova, despite its distance of z = 0.125, which should have been close enough to detect it. These examples show why the burst duration should no longer be considered a sole indicator for distinguishing between the short and long classes of bursts. Indeed Donaghy et al. (2006) have suggested the terms “short population bursts” and “long population bursts” to distinguish the two classes. In this paper, we will use simply “short” and “long” to describe these classes.

Here, we report on the joint spectral analysis of four bright short GRBs simultaneously observed by the Suzaku-WAM (Suzaku Wide-band All-sky Monitor) and Konus-Wind. The WAM and Konus have wide energy ranges, from 50–5000 keV and 10–10000 keV, respectively, and the WAM has the largest effective area from 300 keV to 5000 keV of any current experiment with spectral capabilities. Thus, we can investigate the spectral characteristics of short GRBs up to MeV energies. We also classify the four GRBs as short or long using our data with high statistics up to the MeV energy region using a number of criteria: spectral lag, hardness ratio, isotropic radiation energy and existence of a soft hump.

2 Instruments and Observations

2.1 Instruments


The Suzaku Wide-band All-sky Monitor (WAM) is the active shield of the Hard X-ray detector (HXD-II) ([Takahashi et al.(2007)]; [Kokubun et al.(2007)]) aboard Suzaku ([Mitsuda et al.(2007)]). It consists of large-area, thick BGO crystals, and is also designed to monitor the entire sky from 50 keV to 5 MeV with a large effective area. The large effective area from 300 keV to 5 MeV (400 cm even at 1 MeV) surpasses those of other currently operating experiments with spectral capability, and enables us to perform wide-band spectroscopy of GRBs with high sensitivity ([Yamaoka et al.(2005)]; [Yamaoka et al.(2006)]). The WAM is subdivided into four detectors, numbered WAM0 to WAM3, located at each side of the main detector of the HXD-II. We utilize the azimuthal ( [degree]) and zenith ( [degree]) angle to determine the incident direction of GRBs. The azimuthal zero angle () is defined to be perpendicular to the WAM1 detector plane, and it increases in the order WAM0, WAM3, and WAM2. The WAM0 detector faces the solar paddle of the satellite and it always views the Solar direction. The polar axis that defines the zenith angle is toward the Suzaku field-of-view of the main detectors. Thus the on-axis direction of each WAM detector correspond to (, ) = (90, 0) for WAM1, (90, 90) for WAM0, (90, 180) for WAM3, and (90, 270) for WAM2.

The WAM outputs two data types, the transient (TRN) data and the gamma-ray burst (GRB) data. The TRN data are always accumulated with 1 s time resolution and 55 energy channels. This can be used to monitor the bright soft gamma-ray sources with the Earth occultation method, as was done by CGRO/BATSE ([Ling et al.(2000)]). On the other hand, the GRB data are recorded only for 64 s when the GRB trigger is activated, and the data cover 8 s before and 56 s after the trigger time. The GRB data have four energy channels with 1/64 s time resolution, in addition to the spectral data in 55 pulse height channels with 0.5 s time resolution. This allows us to perform both spectroscopy and timing analysis using the GRB data. In the initial phase before 2006 March 20, these two time resolutions for GRB data were set to 1/32 s and 1.0 s, respectively.

The response matrix of the WAM is very complicated, depending on both the azimuthal and zenith angles of GRBs, because the WAM is inside the satellite body and suffers heavy absorption from it. In order to calculate the detector response of the WAM, we utilize a Monte Carlo simulation based on the Geant4 code, including many kinds of detector characteristics. In the pre-flight calibration, we measured these detector characteristics and developed a WAM response generator ([Ohno et al.(2005)]). From the results of this pre-flight calibration, we found that the response generator can reproduce the measured spectral shape, but the measured effective area of the WAM varies drastically, depending on the gamma-ray incident angle. The trend of this angular response is different among the four WAM detectors. The angular responses of the WAM1 and WAM3 detectors is complicated, and this trend is similar in both cases. We believe that this is caused by absorption from numerous electronics devices attached inside the satellite panels. The WAM2 detector is the most heavily affected, since the Ne/He chamber for the XRS is located inside the WAM2 field-of-view. This is not the case for the angular response of the WAM0 detector, and it can be approximately described by a simple cosine function. This is because only the solar paddle is attached to the satellite panel, facing the WAM0 detector.

In order to estimate the uncertainty in the angular response, we performed an in-flight cross-calibration between the WAM, Konus, and the Swift/BAT, using the data of simultaneously detected GRBs, and found that the measured spectral shapes agree quite well up to the MeV energy region, but that the observed flux fluctuates typically by 10–20% and by 40% at most above 100 keV. This uncertainty is consistent with pre-launch expectations. Below 100 keV, there are still larger flux uncertainties of about 50%. We also confirmed that the WAM0 detector has the most reliable detector response, with a flux uncertainty of 20% (Sakamoto et al. 2007, in preparation).


The Konus-Wind instrument (Aptekar et al. 1995) is a gamma-ray spectrometer aboard the GGS-Wind spacecraft. It consists of two identical detectors, S1 and S2, which observe correspondingly the south and north ecliptic hemispheres in an all-sky monitoring mode. Each detector is a cylindrical NaI(Tl) crystal 13 cm in diameter and 7.5 cm in height. The experiment operates in triggered and waiting modes. In the triggered mode the burst time histories are recorded in three energy windows (G1, G2, and G3) 0.512 s before and 229.632 s after the trigger, with a variable time resolution from 2 ms up to 256 ms. 64 energy spectra are measured in two partially overlapping energy ranges, nominally 10–750 keV and 0.2–10 MeV. In each range they are recorded in 63 channels with time resolutions starting at 64 ms, and subsequent spectra have resolutions from 256 ms to 8.192 s. In the waiting mode, each detector measures the count rate with a resolution of 2.944 s in three energy windows. For the GRBs considered here, the actual spectral ranges were 21 keV–16 MeV for the S1 detector and 18 keV–14 MeV for the S2 detector; the actual time history windows were 21–83, 83–360, 360–1360 keV (S1), and 18–70, 70–300, 300–1160 keV (S2). The detector response matrices depend only on the zenith () angle because of its axi-symmetric structure.

The Interplanetary Network

The Interplanetary Network (IPN) is a group of spacecraft with gamma-ray burst detectors. Its main purpose is to monitor the entire sky for gamma-ray bursts with close to a 100% duty cycle, and to localize bursts with up to arcminute accuracy. This is done by comparing the arrival times of a GRB among the spacecraft. Since the third IPN began operations in 1990, over 25 spacecraft have participated in it, including Konus-Wind ([Hurley et al.(2006a)]). The Suzaku-WAM is the latest experiment to join the IPN. It now plays an important role in it, and many GRBs have already been localized using WAM data ([Golenetskii et al.(2006a)]; [Cummings et al.(2006)]; [Hurley et al.(2006b)]; [Golenetskii et al.(2006b)]).

When a burst is detected by three widely separated spacecraft, a very accurate localization can usually be obtained. For the bursts discussed here, however, the Ulysses GRB experiment was off, and Mars Odyssey was the only interplanetary spacecraft. The resulting error boxes in this case tend to be large. Table 1 shows which spacecraft observed the events discussed in this paper. Note that GRB 060317 was not observed by Mars Odyssey, and therefore the uncertainty in its localization is the largest. Table 2 gives the final coordinates of the error boxes. In most cases, the error boxes were not small enough and/or determined rapidly enough to warrant follow-up searches. In the case of GRB 060429, however, GCN Circulars were issued ([Hurley et al.(2006b)]; [Golenetskii et al.(2006b)]), and a Swift target of opportunity observation was carried out. However, for this and the other events, no counterparts were identified at any wavelength.

2.2 The Short GRB Sample

More than 70 GRBs triggered the WAM and Konus simultaneously between August 2005 to October 2006. In order to perform joint spectral analysis of short GRBs, we selected well localized short GRBs and constructed detector response matrices. Only 8 short GRBs were localized well enough by Swift and/or the IPN in this period, and 4 of them (GRB 051127, GRB 060317, GRB 060429, and GRB 060610) had hard enough spectra to detect in the highest energy band light curves of both instruments. Therefore, we select them to investigate the spectral properties of short GRBs up to the MeV energy region.

GRB 051127 triggered the WAM and Konus at T(WAM) = 22:55:19.896 UT, and T(KW) = 22:55:15.860 UT 2005 November 27. The incidence angles on the detectors could be determined thanks to the IPN localization ([Hurley(2005)]). The incident direction of this GRB was the nearest to on-axis for the WAM0 detector of the four, and thus the uncertainty in the detector response is the lowest for the WAM. GRB 060317 was very bright and it triggered the WAM and Konus at T(WAM) = 11:17:39.104 UT, and T(KW) = 11:17:35.996 UT 2006 March 17. The incidence angle on the WAM was also good for the WAM0 detector. At T(WAM) = 12:19:51.031 UT, and T(KW) = 12:19:49.712 UT 2006 April 29, the WAM and Konus detected the bright short GRB 060429. GRB 060610 triggered the WAM1 detector and the S2 detector of Konus at T(WAM) = 11:22:23.544 UT and T(KW) = 11:22:22.632 UT 2006 June 10. For this GRB, the incident direction was closer to on-axis for the WAM1 detector than WAM0. But this angle was determined to be good in the cross-calibration, and the flux uncertainty still should be within 20%. The detections are summarized in table 2.

3 Data Analysis

We performed spectral analysis by applying three spectral models. The first one is a simple power-law (PL) model,


where A is the normalization constant at 100 keV in photons cm s keV , and is the power-law photon index.

The second model is a power-law with an exponential cutoff (CPL) model,


where E is the peak energy in the F spectrum, and represents the energy at which most of the power is emitted.

The third model is a smoothly connected broken power-law model known as the Band model ([Band et al.(1993)]):


where is the power-law photon index in the lower energy band, and is the index in the higher energy band.

First, we performed fits for each instrument alone. After confirming the consistency between the WAM and Konus, we performed a joint fit. Selecting the time regions was important for this analysis because the WAM and Konus have different time resolutions for the spectral data. As mentioned in section 2, the WAM has a 1.0 or 0.5 s time resolution for spectral data, and can accumulate spectra both before and after the GRB trigger. On the other hand, Konus can accumulate spectra only after the trigger, and the time resolution varies depending on the burst intensity. In the case of the four short GRBs analyzed here, the time resolution of the Konus spectra is 64 ms for first four intervals and 8.192 s for remainder. Therefore, the time regions cannot be completely identical for the WAM and Konus, and we have selected the times for each instrument that are as close as possible between the two. To account for the differences in the accumulation times, we introduced a constant factor in the joint fits. The background spectra were extracted from both before and after the WAM time regions, but only after the time region for Konus. As mentioned in subsubsection 2.1.1, the detector response of the WAM strongly depends on the position of the GRB, and thus the error box of the IPN localization might cause some uncertainties for spectral analysis of the WAM. In order to estimate this effect, we calculated the detector response of the WAM for all corners of the box, as shown in table 2, and performed spectral analysis by using each of them. This uncertainty is included as the systematic error. We used XSPEC version 11.3.2 for spectral analysis ([Arnaud(1996)]). Throughout this paper, the quoted uncertainties are given at the 90% confidence level for one interesting parameter. A summary of the fitting results is given in table 3.

We also examined the spectral lag using the cross-correlation function (CCF) between the light curves in two energy bands ([Norris(2002)]; [Norris & Bonnell(2006)]; [Link et al.(1993)]; [Band(1997)]; [Yi et al.(2006)]). If (t) and (t) are the light curves in two different energy bands, the CCF is defined by


where N is the number of data points in the light curve. We used four energy bands for the WAM light curves: 50–110 keV, 110–240 keV, 240–520 keV, and 520–5000 keV. After calculating the CCF as a function of lag , we obtained the peak value of by fitting it with a Gaussian profile ([Yi et al.(2006)]). In this formula, positive spectral lag means that the spectrum has hard to soft evolution.

3.1 Grb 051127

The WAM and Konus light curves of GRB 051127 are shown in figure 1. The WAM light curve contains multiple spikes, and the T duration (the time to accumulate between 5 and 95% of the counts), which is measured between 50 and 5000 keV, is 0.66 s. Thus, this burst is classified as short, using the burst duration alone. We extracted the spectrum from T(WAM) to T(WAM)+1.0 s for WAM and T(KW) to T(KW)+0.256 s for Konus, where the Ts are summarized in table 1 and shown in figure 1. The propagation delay from Suzaku to Wind is 4.364 s for this GRB, i.e., correcting for this factor, one sees that the T(KW) = T(WAM)+0.328 s. We cannot adjust the time region further because the next Konus time bin has a duration of 8.192 s. The emission is clearly seen up to 5 MeV for the WAM and up to 2 MeV for Konus, as shown in figure 2. We thus performed a fit from 100 keV to 5 MeV for the WAM and from 20 keV to 2 MeV for Konus. The WAM spectrum is well described by the CPL model with a photon index of 0.50 and a peak energy E of 1257 keV. For Konus, the same model with a photon index of 0.29 and an E of 940 keV provides the best fit. The WAM spectrum seems to be slightly softer than that of Konus. We believe that this is because it includes a soft emission peak around T = T(WAM)0.2 s. There are no significant differences in between the CPL and the Band model fits for either spectrum. The power-law photon index, , in the low-energy portion and the peak energy, E, are consistent with those obtained by the CPL model. However, we cannot constrain the power-law photon index, , at high energies and obtain only an upper limit of 2.03. We then performed a joint fit. The CPL model with photon index 0.44 and E 1168 keV provides the best fit. Table 3 summarizes the results of all of the conducted fits.

3.2 Grb 060317

There are two intense pulses in the light curve of GRB 060317, as seen in figure 1. The burst has a total duration of about 1.31 s for the WAM. We cannot distinguish whether this GRB belongs to the short or long population from the burst duration alone, because the duration distribution overlaps around 1–2 s. In order to extract the spectrum from both pulses, the WAM time region was taken to be T(WAM) to T(WAM)+4.0 s. For Konus, we had to select a larger time region than that of the WAM, so as to include both pulses: from T(KW) to T(KW)+8.336 s. Konus detected this burst 3.49 s before the detection by the WAM, and thus T(KW) corresponds to T(WAM)+0.389 s. We can see that emission is clearly detected up to 5 MeV for WAM and up to 10 MeV for Konus, as shown in figure 2. Therefore, we performed the spectral fitting from 100 keV to 5 MeV for the WAM and from 20 keV to 10 MeV for Konus. We cannot constrain E from the WAM spectrum, and a simple power-law with a photon index of 1.11 fits the observed spectrum well. On the other hand, the Konus spectrum is well described by the CPL model with a photon index of 1.02 and an E of 2089 keV. The Band model does not provide any improvement to the fit. When we performed the joint fit, E became very large (5687 keV). This might come from the large IPN error box, which is about 5 deg, and the systematic uncertainty might be larger than our estimation. Therefore, we take the spectral parameters of this burst to be those obtained by Konus.

3.3 Grb 060429

This GRB shows a very simple short spike structure with a duration of 0.08 s in the WAM light curve (figure 1); based on duration alone, it is short enough to be placed in the short class. Since we changed the WAM time resolution from 1.0 s to 0.5 s for spectral data, and from 1/32 s to 1/64 s for light curve data on 2006 March 20, we could select the time region to be T(WAM) to T(WAM)+0.5 s, and obtain a better S/N. For Konus, we selected the time interval from T(KW) to T(KW)+0.128 s. The propagation delay from Suzaku to Wind is 1.530 s for this GRB, i.e., correcting for this factor, one sees that the T(KW) = T(WAM)+0.211 s. We can see in figure 2 that the emission extends up to 5 MeV for both WAM and Konus. We thus performed spectral fittings from 100 keV to 5 MeV for the WAM and from 20 keV to 5 MeV for Konus, respectively. These spectra are also well described by the CPL model with a high E. The photon index is 0.99 for the WAM and 0.76 for Konus, respectively. The E can be constrained to 1583 keV by Konus, but the WAM data do not constrain it. The fit does not improve in the Band model. The joint fit also gives consistent results.

3.4 Grb 060610

We can regard this GRB as short, based on the WAM burst duration of 0.79 s alone. The light curve exhibits a double-peak structure, as shown in figure 1. The time regions for spectral analysis were selected from T(WAM)+0.5 s to T(WAM)+1.0 s and from T(KW) to T(KW)+0.256 s. The propagation delay between these two instruments was 1.402 s, i.e., correcting for this factor, one sees that the T(KW) = T(WAM)+0.490 s. Figure 2 shows that the emission extends up to 5 MeV for both instruments. We thus performed spectral fittings from 100 keV (WAM) and from 20 keV (Konus) to 5 MeV. Both spectra are also well described by the CPL model. The WAM and Konus photon indices are 0.90 and 0.94, respectively. The E is constrained by the WAM and Konus to 2889 keV and 1536 keV, respectively. From the joint fit, we obtained a photon index of 0.92 and an E of 1821 keV. There is no significant improvement of the fit with the Band model, and we can not constrain the power-law photon index, , at high energies; we obtained an upper limit of 2.50.

3.5 Spectral Lag

Figure 3 shows an example of the cross correlation function (CCF) calculated for GRB 060429. The CCFs of our four short GRBs all exhibit a sharp shape structure around zero. We estimate the peak values of the CCFs using Gaussian profiles ([Yi et al.(2006)]). The results are given in table 6. The spectral lags are all consistent with zero for all energy ranges. For a comparison, we also calculated the CCF of three bright long WAM GRBs: 050924, 060915, and 060922. Their CCFs display broad peaks, as shown in figure 3. Thus, we used a polynomial instead of a Gaussian profile to estimate the peak values; the results are also given in table 6. We found that these long GRBs have significant positive lags, which become larger towards the higher energy bands. We confirmed that this lag is not caused artificially, by analyzing simulated data with no spectral lag, and indeed obtained zero lag.

4 Discussion

4.1 Spectral Characteristics of Short GRBs

The spectra of all four GRBs are well described by a power law with an exponential cut-off (CPL), and the fits do not improve significantly when we apply the Band model. To investigate the possibility that the spectra are better described by the Band model, we used the Band model with a typical value of the power law photon index in the high-energy portion of = 2.3. When we performed joint fits with this model, the /d.o.f became 66/55, 69/58, and 107/75 for GRB 051127, 060429, and 060610, respectively. For GRB 060317, there was also no improvement in the Konus spectrum with this model, whose /d.o.f is 53/49 (see table 3). Therefore, we cannot determine whether these GRBs follow the CPL model or the Band model from our data. The power-law photon index, , of the low-energy part of our sample is distributed around 1.0 and the mean value is 0.73. This is larger than that of the BATSE long duration GRBs of 1.05 ([Ghirlanda et al.(2002)]). In particular for GRB 051127, there is a significantly flatter photon index of 0.41, which is larger than 2/3. This distribution of is also reported for BATSE bright, short duration GRBs ([Ghirlanda et al.(2004)]). They showed that the spectra of their short GRB sample were also described by a CPL model. If a flat slope is a global characteristic of the prompt emission spectrum of short GRBs, the simple synchrotron emission model may no longer be applied and other emission mechanisms, such as jitter radiation ([Medvedev(2000)]), are required.

4.2 Classification of Short GRBs

It is ambiguous in some cases to classify GRBs using the burst duration alone, because the observed long and short duration distributions overlap around 1.0–2.0 s. The dilation of the intrinsic duration of GRBs due to cosmological distance, and the dependence of duration on energy, must also be considered. Therefore, we utilize several other methods of classifying short and long GRBs below. In this section, we discuss whether the four bursts are really in the short class by examining these criteria: 1) spectral lag, 2) spectral hardness, 3) radiation energy, and 4) extended emission. So far, these criteria have been confirmed mainly based on the BATSE data. We can test these criteria in a higher energy band than BATSE by the WAM and Konus data with high statistics even in MeV energy band.

The properties of the spectral lag are reported to differ between short and long-duration GRBs. Short GRBs exhibit lags, which are consistent with zero, while long GRBs have significantly non-zero positive spectral lag ([Norris et al.(2000)]; [Norris & Bonnell(2006)]). We have measured the spectral lags using the WAM light curves. Figure 4 plots the relation between the duration and the spectral lag for four short GRBs, for 50–110 keV vs. 110–240 keV, 50–110 keV vs. 240–520 keV, and 50–110 keV vs. 520–5000 keV. We also plot the lags of three bright long duration WAM GRBs for comparison. We find that the spectral lag of all four short GRBs is consistent with zero in approximately the same energy bands as BATSE (50–110 keV vs. 110–240 keV or 50–110 keV vs. 240–520 keV), while non-zero lag, evolving with , is seen for the three long GRBs. Therefore, the WAM data confirm the difference in the spectral lag obtained with BATSE. In addition, figure 4 demonstrates the WAM capabilities in the high-energy band: lag evolution is seen above 520 keV for long GRBs.

The hardness ratio of short GRBs is reported to be slightly harder than that of long GRBs from BATSE results ([Cline et al.(1999)]; [Paciesas et al.(1999)]). Although the boundary between short and long GRBs in the duration-hardness plane is ambiguous, we nevertheless consider this difference as a possible criterion. Therefore, we obtained the spectral hardness of our sample of short GRBs, based on the best-fit spectral model. We derived the hardness ratio using the 50–100 and 100–300 keV fluence, which is same energy range as BATSE. We plot them against the T duration in figure 5, together with the BATSE results ([Paciesas et al.(1999)]) The hardness ratios of our short GRBs are distributed from 3.61 to 5.64 with an average value of 4.61, and all have greater hardness ratios than the average value of the BATSE long (T 2.0) GRBs (3.27). Therefore, all four are consistent with a short classification. However, these short GRBs do not show a clear separation from the long GRBs, as in the BATSE samples in figure 5. Although all our short GRBs have an E around 1 MeV, none of them exceeds a hardness ratio of 8, whereas half of the BATSE short GRBs do. This is because the hardness ratio depends on the low-energy photon index rather than E ([Ghirlanda et al.(2004)]; [Sakamoto et al.(2006)]). The short GRB which has the highest hardness ratio in our sample is GRB 051127, with 5.64 . GRB 051127 also has the hardest photon index, 0.44, but its E is one of the lowest in our sample. As mentioned in [Sakamoto et al.(2006)], the low-energy photon index has to be flatter than 0 to reproduce a hardness ratio greater than 8, which is seen in the BATSE “very hard” short GRBs. Based on our broad band spectroscopy of bright, high E short GRBs, none has a hardness ratio similar to the BATSE “very hard” short GRBs.

For long GRBs, a correlation between the peak energy and the isotropic equivalent radiation energy in the source frame has been reported: the Amati relation ([Amati et al.(2002)]). However, short GRBs whose redshifts are known have lower isotropic energy than long GRBs and do not satisfy this relation ([Amati(2006)]). We calculated the isotropic energy, E, of our four short GRBs from 1.0 to 10000 keV in the source frame, assuming redshifts from 0.1 to 10.0. We used cosmological parameters (H, , ) = (65, 0.7, 0.3). We included the effects of redshift on the energy spectra and E of these bursts. Figure 6 shows the results of the calculation in the E–E plane together with the HETE-2 and BeppoSAX results ([Sakamoto et al.(2005b)]). We could not find any redshift that satisfies the Amati relation. All of the bursts in our sample exhibit a lower isotropic radiation energy by more than one order of magnitude when compared with long bursts of the same peak energy. This is consistent with previous results.

Long, soft emission humps a few tens of seconds after the short main spike were reported for several short GRBs ([Norris & Bonnell(2006)]), particularly GRB 050709 ([Villasenor et al.(2005)]) and 050724 ([Barthelmy et al.(2005a)]), which have measurements of the redshift and detections of the host galaxy. Thus the existence of the soft emission hump is considered to be one of the criteria to classify short GRBs. We searched for long soft humps in the time histories of our four short GRBs, but did not detect them. To do this, we calculated the upper limits to the peak soft photon flux at the 3 level for the WAM and Konus. In this calculation, we assumed that the spectrum of the soft emission was a simple power law with photon index 2.0. We found 3 upper limits to the 2.0 to 25 keV peak flux of 4.47, 6.63, 9.21, and 7.54 photons s cm, for GRB 051127, 060317, 060429, and 060610, respectively, using both the WAM and Konus. All of these values exceed 2.72 ( 0.47), which is obtained for GRB 050709 ([Villasenor et al.(2005)]). Therefore, the non-detection of the soft emission for these bursts adds no constraint: the extended emission could be too soft to be detected by the WAM and Konus.

5 Conclusions

We performed a joint analysis of four bright, hard-spectrum, short-duration GRBs, localized by the IPN, with the Suzaku-WAM and Konus-Wind, in order to investigate the spectral properties of short GRBs into the MeV energy band. From the spectral analysis, we found that these bursts have a high E around 1 MeV; the spectral parameters can be constrained tightly by joint fitting. However, we could not determine whether these spectra follow the CPL model or the Band model, because there is no significant improvement between these models. The power-law photon index is slightly flatter than that of long BATSE GRBs. In particular, GRB 051127 has a very flat spectrum with a photon index, , that is larger than the synchrotron limit of 2/3.

We also examined several other spectral and temporal properties to confirm that the bursts belong to the short class. Most properties, such as the spectral lag, the spectral hardness, and the isotropic radiation energy, indicated that the four bursts were indeed in this class. In addition, a broad-band spectral analysis with the WAM and Konus revealed some interesting properties of short GRBs: i) There is no evidence for very hard GRBs that have the large hardness ratios seen in BATSE short GRBs. ii) The spectral lag of our short GRBs does not show any clear evolution, even in the MeV energy region, unlike that of long hard GRBs. Although our short GRB sample is still limited, these results might suggest one possibility, that the hardness ratios of the short GRBs are not so different from those of long GRBs, and also that the spectral lag at high energies can be a strong criterion for classifying short and long GRBs.

M. O. is supported by the Research Fellowships of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for Young Scientists (2006). K. H. is grateful for IPN support under the NASA LTSA program, grant FDNAG5-11451, the INTEGRAL Guest Investigator program, NAG5-12706 and NNG06GE69G, and the Suzaku Guest Investigator program NNX06AI36G. The Konus-Wind experiment is supported by a Russian Space Agency contract and RFBR grant 06-02-16070. We are grateful to Richard Starr for providing the Mars Odyssey data, and to Giselher Lichti, Arne Rau, and Andreas von Kienlin for providing the INTEGRAL SPI-ACS data. We would like to thank Jay Norris for useful advice concerning the spectral lag analysis.

Trigger time (UT) Spacecraft
Suzaku-WAM Konus-Wind
GRB 051127
22:55:19.896 22:55:15:860 Konus, Suzaku, Odyssey HEND, HETE-FREGATE
GRB 060317
11:17:39.104 11:17:35.996 Konus, Suzaku, INTEGRAL SPI-ACS
GRB 060429
12:19:51.031 12:19:49.712 Konus, Suzaku, Odyssey HEND & GRS, INTEGRAL SPI-ACS, RHESSI
GRB 060610
11:22:23.544 11:22:22.632 Konus, Suzaku, Odyssey HEND & GRS, INTEGRAL SPI-ACS, RHESSI

: HEND and GRS are the High Energy Neutron Detector and Gamma-ray Sensor head ([Hurley et al.(2006a)])
: SPI-ACS is the spectrometer anti-coincidence detector ([Rau et al.(2005)])

Table 1: Interplanetary Network Spacecraft Observations of the four WAM and Konus short GRBs.
GRB Area, sq. deg. Incident angle [degree]
, (WAM) (Konus)
051127 0.13 301.500 37.782 (center) 56.3, 80.2 17.4
301.371 36.873 56.6, 79.1
301.695 38.523 56.4, 78.6
301.622 38.663 56.0, 81.2
301.302 37.024 56.6, 79.3
060317 5.3 301.900 10.882 (center) 125.0, 49.5 9.1
301.391 17.546 131.7, 49.5
301.976 8.163 122.3, 49.4
303.343 4.329 118.4, 50.7
301.987 13.575 127.7, 49.9
060429 0.14 115.314 24.926 (center) 146.1, 134.1 45.5
115.307 24.932 146.1, 134.1
113.108 25.520 145.5, 130.5
117.509 24.233 146.5, 137.8
115.321 24.919 146.0, 134.0
060610 0.013 354.762 52.107 (center) 41.1, 23.6 48.3
354.294 52.375 40.7, 23.5
354.260 52.417 40.6, 23.5
355.227 51.835 41.4, 23.7
355.261 51.793 41.5, 23.7
: and are the zenith and azimuthal angles, respectively, in degrees.
Table 2: Error box centers and corners of IPN localization and Incident angle.
Figure 1: Background-subtracted WAM (top) and Konus (bottom) light curves of our sample of short GRBs. The zero times of these light curves are adjusted to the Konus trigger time. The time interval for extracting the spectrum is shown by the dashed-line. Left-top panel is GRB 051127, right-top panel is GRB 060317, left-bottom panel is GRB 060429, and right-bottom panel is GRB 060610.
Figure 2: Joint spectral fitting with a cut-off power law (CPL) model for the WAM (square) and the Konus (triangle) data. The solid lines represent the best-fit CPL model.
GRB 051127
Model Detector E [keV] Norm Const
PL WAM0 1.24 - - 3.78 - 142/24
KW(S1) 1.07 - - 4.67 - 70/31
WAM0+KW(S1) 1.22 - - 5.30 0.67 229/56
CPL WAM0 0.50 - 1257 2.58 - 29/23
KW(S1) 0.29 - 940 5.37 - 32/30
WAM0+KW(S1) 0.44 - 1168 5.18 0.50 64/55
Band WAM0 0.30 2.08 999 2.48 - 32/22
KW(S1) 0.34 2.03 999 5.30 - 32/29
WAM0+KW(S1) 0.32 2.33 1038 5.16 0.48 64/54
GRB 060317
Model Detector E Norm Const
PL WAM0 1.11 - - 2.14 - 54/25
KW(S2) 1.32 - - 0.90 - 74/50
WAM0+KW(S2) 1.16 - - 0.70 3.27 167/76
CPL WAM0 1.03 - 5000 2.06 - 50/24
KW(S2) 1.02 - 2089 0.87 - 53/49
WAM0+KW(S2) 1.03 - 5687 0.70 3.07 144/75
Band WAM0 0.99 2.50 5000 2.02 - 47/23
KW(S2) 0.85 2.73 997 0.93 - 55/48
WAM0+KW(S2) 0.99 1.58 3230 0.76 2.74 128/74
:constant factor for the WAM to Konus normalization in joint spectral fittings.
:normalization in photons keV cm s at 100 keV.
:power law photon index for the high energy component of the Band model.
:power law photon index for PL and CPL model, and low energy index for the Band model.
Table 3: Results of spectral fittings.
GRB 060429
Model Detector E Norm Const
PL WAM0 1.24 - - 3.66 - 42/25
KW(S1) 1.27 - - 9.55 - 98/33
WAM0+KW(S1) 1.26 - - 9.50 0.40 140/59
CPL WAM0 0.99 - 1430 3.29 - 37/24
KW(S1) 0.76 - 1583 11.0 - 30/32
WAM0+KW(S1) 0.80 - 1720 10.9 0.28 70/58
Band WAM0 0.99 1.28 1000 3.29 - 37/23
KW(S1) 0.62 2.02 1560 11.0 - 30/31
WAM0+KW(S1) 0.62 1.67 1251 11.2 0.27 73/57
GRB 060610
Model Detector E Norm Const
PL WAM1 1.16 - - 3.46 - 38/25
KW(S2) 1.33 - - 6.25 - 123/50
WAM1+KW(S2) 1.29 - - 5.98 0.66 175/76
CPL WAM1 0.90 - 2889 3.11 - 24/24
KW(S2) 0.94 - 1536 7.18 - 67/49
WAM1+KW(S2) 0.92 - 1821 6.71 0.52 104/75
Band WAM1 0.81 8.82 1799 3.12 - 24/23
KW(S2) 0.99 2.21 1531 7.29 - 69/48
WAM1+KW(S2) 0.88 2.50 1687 6.70 0.50 102/74
Table 4: (Continued.)
GRB Fluence Peak flux
[10 erg cm] [10 erg s cm] [ph s cm]
50-100 keV 100-300 keV 300-500 keV 500-1000 keV
GRB 051127 0.16 0.93 1.1 2.31 28 22
GRB 060317 0.72 2.60 2.38 5.47 46 41
GRB 060429 0.10 0.49 0.49 1.10 67 77
GRB 060610 0.13 0.55 0.52 1.12 33 34
: The energy fluence obtained by the CPL model in the joint fitting of the WAM data.
: The energy and photon peak flux in 1/32 s for GRB 051127 and 060317, and in 1/64 s for GRB 060429 and 060610, respectively, obtained by the WAM 50-5000 keV data.
Table 5: Fluence and peak flux of our four short GRBs.
GRB Date T (TH0,TH1) (TH0,TH2) (TH0,TH3)
[s] [ms]
short GRBs
051127 0.66 17 13 7.1
060317 1.31 5.1 8.4 7.3
060429 0.08 5.4 12 11
060610 0.79 17 21 20
long GRBs
050924 29.09 263 588 1255
060915 43.16 56 131 170
060922 13.88 199 505 1004
: The energy bands of TH0, TH1, TH2, and TH3 correspond to 50-110 keV, 110-240 keV, 240-520 keV, and 520-5000 keV, respectively.
: T duration measured in 50-5000 keV energy band of the WAM light curve.
Table 6: Duration(T) and spectral lag of four short GRBs and two long GRBs obtained by the WAM data.
Figure 3: Example of the light curves of the WAM data (top panel) and the CCFs (bottom panel) for a short GRB 060429 (left) and a long GRB 060922 (right). The solid line shows CCF(50–110 keV to 110–240 keV), the dashed line shows CCF(50–110 keV to 240–520 keV), and the dot-dashed line shows CCF(50–110 keV to 520–5000 keV).
Figure 4: Relation of the T duration and the spectral lag. From top to bottom, the lag of 50–110 keV to 110–240 keV, 50–110 keV to 240–520 keV, and 50–110 keV to 520–5000 keV are shown. The filled circles are for the four short GRBs of this paper and the crosses are for long GRBs.
Figure 5: Relation between the duration (T) and the hardness ratio of 100–300keV to 50–100 keV. The Dots show BATSE results. The results of our four short GRBs are shown as filled squares.
Figure 6: Relation between E and E for our four short GRBs (filled square, GRB 051127; filled circle, GRB 060317; filled triangle, GRB 060429; and open diamond, GRB 060610). The trajectories were calculated by assuming redshifts from 0.1 to 10.0. The data points along the trajectories correspond to z=0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 5.0, 7.0, and 10.0, respectively. The dashed-line represents the Amati relation E E for long GRBs.


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