LOOKING INTO THE FIREBALL: ROTSE-III AND SWIFT OBSERVATIONS OF EARLY GAMMA-RAY BURST AFTERGLOWS

@article{Rykoff2009LOOKINGIT,
  title={LOOKING INTO THE FIREBALL: ROTSE-III AND SWIFT OBSERVATIONS OF EARLY GAMMA-RAY BURST AFTERGLOWS},
  author={Eli S. Rykoff and Felix Aharonian and Carl W. Akerlof and Michael C. B. Ashley and Scott Douglas Barthelmy and Heather Flewelling and Neil A. Gehrels and Ersin G{\"o}ğ{\"u}ş and Tolga G{\"u}ver and {\"U}mit Kızıloğlu and Hans A. Krimm and Timothy A. Mckay and M. {\"O}zel and Andre Phillips and Robert M. Quimby and Gavin Rowell and Wiphu Rujopakarn and Bradley E. Schaefer and D. A. Smith and W. Thomas Vestrand and J. Craig Wheeler and James Wren and Fang Yuan and Scott A. Yost},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2009},
  volume={702},
  pages={489 - 505}
}
We report on a complete set of early optical afterglows of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) obtained with the Robotic Optical Transient Search Experiment (ROTSE-III) telescope network from 2005 March through 2007 June. This set is comprised of 12 afterglows with early optical and Swift/X-Ray Telescope observations, with a median ROTSE-III response time of 45 s after the start of γ-ray emission (8 s after the GCN notice time). These afterglows span 4 orders of magnitude in optical luminosity, and the… 

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