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A Search for Host Galaxies of 24 Gamma-Ray Bursts

J.-E. Ovaldsen, A. O. Jaunsen, J. P. U. Fynbo, J. Hjorth, C. C. Thöne, C. Féron, D. Xu, J. H. Selj, and J. Teuber, 2007, The Astrophysical Journal, vol. 662, pp. 294–303

We report the results from observations of 24 gamma-ray burst (GRB) fields from 2005 and 2006 undertaken at the Danish 1.54 m telescope at ESO/La Silla. Photometry and positions for two previously unpublished host galaxy candidates (GRBs 050915 and 051021) are presented, as well as for eight other detected objects that are either known GRB hosts or candidate hosts. The candidates are suitable for spectroscopic follow-up in order to have their redshifts and other physical characteristics determined. In the cases where no likely host candidate is detected inside the refined Swift XRT error circle, we are still able to put interesting and rather deep limits on the host magnitude. On the basis of our detections and upper limits, we have performed simulations that suggest that the host galaxies are drawn from a fainter sample than those in previous (i.e., pre-Swift) studies.

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Five nights of intensive R- and V-band photometry of QSO 0957+561A,B

J.-E. Ovaldsen, J. Teuber, R. Stabell, and A. K. D. Evans, 2003, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 345, pp. 795–799

We present R- and V-band photometry of the gravitational lens system QSO 0957+561 from five nights (one in 2000 January and four in 2001 March, corresponding to the approximate time-delay for the system) of uninterrupted monitoring at the Nordic Optical Telescope. In the photometry scheme we have stressed careful magnitude calibration as well as corrections for the lens galaxy contamination and the crosstalk between the twin (A and B) quasar images. The resulting, very densely sampled light curves are quite stable, in conflict with earlier claims derived from the same data material. We estimate high-precision timelag-corrected B/A flux ratios in both colour bands, as well as V-R colour indices for A and B, and discuss the short time-scale variability of the system.

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New aperture photometry of QSO 0957+561; application to time delay and microlensing

J.-E. Ovaldsen, J. Teuber, R. E. Schild, and R. Stabell, 2003, Astronomy & Astrophysics, vol. 402, pp. 891–904

We present a re-reduction of archival CCD frames of the doubly imaged quasar 0957+561 using a new photometry code. Aperture photometry with corrections for both cross contamination between the quasar images and galaxy contamination is performed on about 2650 R-band images from a five year period (1992-1997). From the brightness data a time delay of 424.9 ± 1.2 days is derived using two different statistical techniques. The amount of gravitational microlensing in the quasar light curves is briefly investigated, and we find unambiguous evidence of both long term and short term microlensing. We also note the unusual circumstance regarding time delay estimates for this gravitational lens. Estimates by different observers from different data sets or even with the same data sets give lag estimates differing by typically 8 days, and error bars of only a day or two. This probably indicates several complexities where the result of each estimate depends upon the details of the calculation.

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New Aperture and PSF Photometry of QSO 0957+561A,B - Application to Time Delay and Microlensing

J.-E. Ovaldsen, 2002, astronomy thesis (144 pages), see here.

A search for host galaxies of 24 GRBs using the Danish 1.54m

J.-E. Ovaldsen et al., 2007, Il Nuovo Cimento (conf. proc.), vol. 121, N. 12

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The Afterglows of Swift-era Gamma-Ray Bursts. I. Comparing pre-Swift and Swift era Long/Soft (Type II) GRB Optical Afterglows

D. A. Kann et al. (74 co-authors incl. J.-E. Ovaldsen), 2010, The Astrophysical Journal, vol. 720, pp. 1513–1558, NASA ADS

GRB 070306: A Highly Extinguished Afterglow

A. O. Jaunsen et al. (14 co-authors incl. J.-E. Ovaldsen), 2008, The Astrophysical Journal, vol. 681, pp. 453–461, NASA ADS

GRB 051022: Physical Parameters and Extinction of a Prototype Dark Burst

E. Rol et al. (21 co-authors incl. J.-E. Ovaldsen), 2007, The Astrophysical Journal, vol. 669, pp. 1098–1106, NASA ADS

The nature of the X-Ray Flash of August 24 2005

J. Sollerman et al. (25 co-authors incl. J.-E. Ovaldsen), 2007, Astronomy & Astrophysics, vol. 466, pp. 839–846, NASA ADS

Supernova 2006aj and the associated X-ray flash 060218

J. Sollerman et al. (25 co-authors incl. J.-E. Ovaldsen), 2006, Astronomy & Astrophysics, vol. 454, pp. 503–509, NASA ADS

Gravitationally Lensed QSOs: Optical Monitoring with the EOCA and the Liverpool Telescope (LT)

L. J. Goicoechea, A. Ullan, J.-E. Ovaldsen, E. Koptelova, V. N. Shalyapin, R. Gil-Merino, 2006, Conference proceedings, astro-ph/0609647