First X-ray evidence for a shock at the Coma relic

Дата и время публикации : 2012-11-14T21:00:02Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
G. A. Ogrean
M. Brüggen

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Коментарии к cтатье: 5 pages, 3 figures; submitted to MNRAS
Первичная категория: astro-ph.CO

Все категории : astro-ph.CO

Краткий обзор статьи: The Coma cluster is one of the nearest galaxy clusters, and the first one in which a radio halo and a peripheral relic were discovered. While its halo and the central parts of the intracluster medium have been studied extensively, X-ray observations of the plasma near its relic have been scarce. Here, we present results from a re-analysis of a 22-ks archival XMM-Newton observation. Across the relic, we detect a shock of Mach number about 2. This excludes the previously suggested hypothesis that the relic was formed by turbulence. Furthermore, multiwavelenth observations and numerical models do not support the scenario in which the shock at the Coma relic is an outgoing cluster-merger shock. Instead, our results lend support to the idea that the relic coincides with an infall shock front formed just as the NGC 4839 group falls onto the cluster along a cosmic filament.

Category: Physics