Constraining amplitude and slope of the mass fluctuation spectrum using cluster baryon mass function

Дата и время публикации : 2003-05-29T17:51:58Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
A. Voevodkin
A. Vikhlinin

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Ссылка на журнал-издание: Astrophys.J. 601 (2004) 610-620
Коментарии к статье: 11 pages, ApJ in press. Minor changes to synchronize with the accepted version
Первичная категория: astro-ph

Все категории : astro-ph

Краткий обзор статьи: We derive the baryon mass function for a complete sample of low-redshift clusters and argue that it is an excellent proxy for the total mass function if the ratio f_b=M_b/M_tot in all clusters is close to its universal value, Omega_b/Omega_M. Under this assumption, the baryon mass function can be used to constrain the amplitude and slope of the density fluctuations power spectrum on cluster scales. This method does not use observational determinations of the total mass and thus bypasses major uncertainties in the traditional analyses based on the X-ray temperature function. However, it is sensitive to possible systematic variations of the baryon fraction as a function of cluster mass. Adapting a weak dependence f_b(M) suggested by observations and numerical simulations by Bialek et al., we derive sigma_8=0.72+-0.04 and the shape parameter Omega_M*h=0.13+-0.07, in good agreement with a number of independent methods. We discuss the sensitivity of these values to other cosmological parameters and to different assumptions about variations in f_b.

Category: Physics