Multiwavelength observations of clusters of galaxies and the role of cluster mergers

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Some clusters of galaxies have been identified as powerful sources of non-thermal radiation, from the radio to X-ray wavelengths. The classical models proposed for the explanation of this radiation usually require large energy densities in cosmic rays in the intracluster medium and magnetic fields much lower than those measured using the Faraday rotation. They study here the role that mergers of clusters of galaxies may play in the generation of the non-thermal radiation, and they seek for additional observable consequences of the model. They find that if hard X-rays and radio radiation are respectively interpreted as inverse Compton scattering (ICS) ... continued below

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Blasi, Pasquale July 18, 2000.

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Some clusters of galaxies have been identified as powerful sources of non-thermal radiation, from the radio to X-ray wavelengths. The classical models proposed for the explanation of this radiation usually require large energy densities in cosmic rays in the intracluster medium and magnetic fields much lower than those measured using the Faraday rotation. They study here the role that mergers of clusters of galaxies may play in the generation of the non-thermal radiation, and they seek for additional observable consequences of the model. They find that if hard X-rays and radio radiation are respectively interpreted as inverse Compton scattering (ICS) and synchrotron emission of relativistic electrons, large gamma ray fluxes are produced, and for the Coma cluster, where upper limits are available, these limits are exceeded. They also discuss an alternative and testable model that naturally solves the problems mentioned above.

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  • Vulcano Workshop ''Frontier Objects in Astrophysics and Particle Physics'', Vulcano (IT), 05/22/2000--05/27/2000

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Blasi, Pasquale. Multiwavelength observations of clusters of galaxies and the role of cluster mergers, article, July 18, 2000; Batavia, Illinois. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc709841/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.