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GRBSpec: a multi-observatory database for gamma-ray burst spectroscopy
Author(s): Antonio de Ugarte Postigo; Martin Blazek; Petr Janout; Pierre Sprimont; Christina C. Thöne; Javier Gorosabel; Rubén Sánchez-Ramírez
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Paper Abstract

Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are the most luminous explosions in the Universe. They are produced during the collapse of massive stellar-sized objects, which create a black hole and eject material at ultra-relativistic speeds. They are unique tools to study the evolution of our Universe, as they are the only objects that, thanks to their extraordinary luminosity, can be observed during the complete history of star formation, from the era of reionisation to our days. One of the main tools to obtain information from GRBs and their environment is optical and near-infrared spectroscopy. After 17 years of studies spectroscopic data for around 300 events that have been collected. However, spectra were obtained by many groups, at different observatories, and using instruments of very different types, making data difficult to access, process and compare. Here we present GRBspec: A collaborative database that includes processed GRB spectra from multiple observatories and makes them available to the community. The website provides access to the datasets, allowing queries based not only on the observation characteristics but also on the properties of the GRB that was observed. Furthermore, the website provides visualisation and analysis tools, that allow the user to asses the quality of the data before downloading and even make data analysis online.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9152, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III, 91520B (18 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055774
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Antonio de Ugarte Postigo, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)
Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Martin Blazek, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Petr Janout, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Pierre Sprimont, INAF - IASF Bologna (Italy)
Christina C. Thöne, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)
Javier Gorosabel, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)
UPV/EHU-IAA/CSIC, Univ. del Paía-Vasco (Spain)
IKERBASQUE. Basque Foundation for Science (Spain)
Rubén Sánchez-Ramírez, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9152:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III
Gianluca Chiozzi; Nicole M. Radziwill, Editor(s)

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