LoCuSS: luminous infrared galaxies in the merging cluster Abell1758 at z = 0.28

C. P. Smith, Graham Smith, Eiichi Egami, N. Okabe, M. Takada, Richard S. Ellis, S. M. Moran

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We present the first galaxy evolution results from the Local Cluster Substructure Survey (LoCuSS), a multiwavelength survey of 100 X-ray selected galaxy clusters at 0.15 5 x 10(10) L-circle dot. The obscured activity in A1758 is therefore comparable with that in Cl 0024+1654, the most active cluster previously studied at 24 mu m. The obscured galaxies faithfully trace the cluster potential as revealed by the weak-lensing mass map of the cluster, including numerous mass peaks at R similar to 2-3 Mpc that are likely associated with infalling galaxy groups and filamentary structures. However, the core (R less than or similar to 500 kpc) of A1758N is similar to two times more active in the IR than that of A1758S, likely reflecting differences in the recent dynamical history of the two clusters. The 24-mu m results from A1758 therefore suggest that dust-obscured cluster galaxies are common in merging clusters and suggest that obscured activity in clusters is triggered by both the details of cluster-cluster mergers and processes that operate at larger radii including those within in-falling groups. Our ongoing far-UV through far-IR observations of a large sample of clusters should allow us to disentangle the different physical processes responsible for triggering obscured star formation in clusters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1297-1307
Number of pages11
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
Early online date16 Jun 2009
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2009

Bibliographical note

C. P. Haines, G. P. Smith, E. Egami, N. Okabe, M. Takada, R. S. Ellis, S. M. Moran, K. Umetsu; LoCuSS: luminous infrared galaxies in the merging cluster Abell 1758 at z= 0.28, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 396, Issue 3, 1 July 2009, Pages 1297–1307,


  • galaxies: clusters: general
  • galaxies: active
  • galaxies: evolution
  • galaxies: stellar content


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