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XMM observation of the dynamically young galaxy cluster CL 0939+4713

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De Filippis, E. and Schindler, S. and Castillo Morales, África (2003) XMM observation of the dynamically young galaxy cluster CL 0939+4713. Astronomy and astrophysics, 404 (1). pp. 63-74. ISSN 0004-6361

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20030481


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We present an XMM observation of the distant galaxy cluster CL 0939+4713. The X-ray image shows pronounced substructure, with two main subclusters which have even some internal structure. This is an indication that the cluster is a dynamically young system. This conclusion is supported by the temperature distribution: a hot region is found between the two main subclusters indicating that they are at the beginning of a major merger, and that they will probably collide in a few hundreds of Myr. The intra-cluster gas of CL 0939+4713 shows inhomogeneities in the metal distribution, with the optically richer subcluster having a higher metallicity.


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© ESO 2003. We are very grateful to Bernd Aschenbach for making the XMM data available to us. They are part of the TS/MPE guaranteed time. We thank L. M. Buson and M. Cappellari for kindly providing the HST image (grazie mille!). A. Castillo Morales acknowledges support by the Marie Curie Training Site grant HPMT-CT-2000-00136 by the European Commission. We also thank Dr. Phil A. James for carefully reading this paper. We also thank the referee Monique Arnaud: her suggestions and comments have greatly improved the reliability of the results obtained.

Uncontrolled Keywords:0939+4713 Abell 851; Intergalactic medium; Intracluster medium; Newton observation; Temperature structure; Merging clusters; Metal enrichment; Distant clusters; Dwarf galaxies; Rich cluster
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
Sciences > Physics > Astronomy
ID Code:30513
Deposited On:01 Jun 2015 10:45
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 15:05

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