X-ray modelling of galaxy cluster gas and mass profiles

Alastair Sanderson, Trevor Ponman

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We present a parametric analysis of the intracluster medium and gravitating mass distribution of a statistical sample of 20 galaxy clusters using the phenomenological cluster model of Ascasibar and Diego. We describe an effective scheme for the estimation of errors on model parameters and derived quantities using bootstrap resampling. We find that the model provides a good description of the data in all cases and we quantify the mean fractional intrinsic scatter about the best-fitting density and temperature profiles, finding this to have median values across the sample of 2 and 5 per cent, respectively. In addition, we demonstrate good agreement between r(500) determined directly from the model and that estimated from a core-excluded global spectrum. We compare cool core and non-cool core clusters in terms of the logarithmic slopes of their gas density and temperature profiles and the distribution of model parameters and conclude that the two categories are clearly separable. In particular, we confirm the effectiveness of the logarithmic gradient of the gas density profile measured at 0.04r(500) in differentiating between the two types of cluster.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
JournalRoyal Astronomical Society. Monthly Notices
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2010


  • galaxies: clusters: general
  • methods: data analysis
  • cooling flows
  • X-rays: galaxies: clusters


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