The identification of a spike is based on the following criterium: when the net signal, i.e. the background subtracted counts for a given 1 s bin, is at least 5 significant in the GRBM band (40-700 keV), and the corresponding AC ( 100 keV) background subtracted counts are lower than times the GRBM counts (see the HR condition expressed by eq. ), the GRBM counts are thought to be due to a phosphorescence spike, and not to the GRB. Whenever this condition triggers a spike in the GRBM band light curve, it changes the corresponding background subtracted light curve, by replacing the spike counts with the average value of the two adjacent 1 s bins.
A nice example of this spikes' replacement procedure is shown in the above example of GRB000830: from fig. , in GRBM unit 4 there is a spike preceeding the GRB by s, whose SNR is around 60, while in the AC 4 light curve no corresponding significant signal is visible. According to this procedure, the spike disappears in the corrected light curves shown in fig. .
When the HTR light curves are also available, the background fit results obtained from 1 s light curves are assumed, to subtract the background level from the 7.8125 ms light curves.