An Automated Method for Characterizing the Relaxedness of Galaxy Clusters

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Relaxed galaxy clusters are useful tools for probing cosmological parameters like the gas mass fraction of the universe. Selecting relaxed clusters for this purpose can be a time-consuming and subjective task, so we present methods to automate parts of the process. We fit elliptical isophotes to a diverse sample of Chandra cluster data and summarize other methods for quantifying relaxedness which will be included in future work. Analysis of the results of tests from isophote fitting, combined with numerical simulations of cluster structures and comparison to previous classifications will allow us to formulate criteria for selection of relaxed clusters. We ... continued below

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George, Matt & /SLAC, /Harvard Coll. Observ. December 15, 2005.

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Relaxed galaxy clusters are useful tools for probing cosmological parameters like the gas mass fraction of the universe. Selecting relaxed clusters for this purpose can be a time-consuming and subjective task, so we present methods to automate parts of the process. We fit elliptical isophotes to a diverse sample of Chandra cluster data and summarize other methods for quantifying relaxedness which will be included in future work. Analysis of the results of tests from isophote fitting, combined with numerical simulations of cluster structures and comparison to previous classifications will allow us to formulate criteria for selection of relaxed clusters. We find that they tend to have core radii less than approximately 60 kpc from King model fits, shifts in isophote centroids of less than 25 kpc over a range in semi-major axes of several hundred kpc, and significantly greater surface brightness profile gradients within 30 kpc of their cores than unrelaxed clusters. These criteria will help with future cosmological work as larger amounts of cluster data are taken and need objective classification.

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  • Report No.: SLAC-TN-05-064
  • Grant Number: AC02-76SF00515
  • DOI: 10.2172/877476 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 877476
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc876475

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George, Matt & /SLAC, /Harvard Coll. Observ. An Automated Method for Characterizing the Relaxedness of Galaxy Clusters, report, December 15, 2005; [Menlo Park, California]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc876475/: accessed May 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.