Combined analysis of weak lensing and X-ray blind surveys

J Berge, F Pacaud, A Refregier, R Massey, M Pierre, A Amara, M Birkinshaw, S Paulin-Henriksson, Graham Smith, J Willis

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

41 Citations (Scopus)


We present a joint weak lensing and X-ray analysis of 4 deg(2) from the CFHTLS and XMM-LSS surveys. Our weak lensing analysis is the first analysis of a real survey using shapelets, a new generation weak lensing analysis method. We create projected mass maps of the images, and extract six weak-lensing-detected clusters of galaxies. We show that their counts can be used to constrain the power-spectrum normalization sigma (8) = 0.92(-0.30)(+0.26) for Omega(m) = 0.24. We show that despite the large scatter generally observed in the mass-temperature (M-T) relation derived from lensing masses, tight constraints on both its slope and normalization M-* can be obtained with a moderate number of sources provided that the covered mass range is large enough. Adding clusters given by Bardeau et al. to our sample, we measure M-* = 2.71(0.61)(+0.79) x 10(14) h(-1) M-circle dot. Although they are dominated by shot noise and sample variance, our measurements are consistent with currently favoured values, and set the stage for future surveys. We thus investigate the dependence of those estimates on survey size, depth and integration time, for joint weak lensing and X-ray surveys. We show that deep surveys should be dedicated to the study of the physics of clusters and groups of galaxies. For a given exposure time, wide surveys provide a larger number of detected clusters and are therefore preferred for the measurement of cosmological parameters, such as sigma(8) and M-*. We show that a wide survey of a few hundred square degrees is needed to improve upon current measurements of these parameters. More ambitious surveys covering 7000 deg(2) will provide the 1 per cent accuracy in the estimation of the power-spectrum and the M-T relation normalizations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)695-707
Number of pages13
JournalRoyal Astronomical Society. Monthly Notices
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • large-scale structure of Universe
  • gravitational lensing
  • dark matter
  • cosmological parameters
  • X-rays : galaxies : clusters
  • surveys


Dive into the research topics of 'Combined analysis of weak lensing and X-ray blind surveys'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this