Non-parametric modeling of the intra-cluster gas using APEX-SZ bolometer imaging data
Journal article, 2010

Aims. We aim to demonstrate the usability of mm-wavelength imaging data obtained from the APEX-SZ bolometer array to derive the radial temperature profile of the hot intra-cluster gas out to radius r(500) and beyond. The goal is to study the physical properties of the intra-cluster gas by using a non-parametric de-projection method that is, aside from the assumption of spherical symmetry, free from modeling bias. Methods. We use publicly available X-ray spectroscopic-imaging data in the 0.7-2 keV energy band from the XMM-Newton observatory and our Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect (SZE) imaging data from the APEX-SZ experiment at 150 GHz to de-project the density and temperature profiles for a well-studied relaxed cluster, Abell 2204. We derive the gas density, temperature and entropy profiles assuming spherical symmetry, and obtain the total mass profile under the assumption of hydrostatic equilibrium. For comparison with X-ray spectroscopic temperature models, a re-analysis of recent Chandra observation is done with the latest calibration updates. We compare the results with that from an unrelaxed cluster, Abell 2163, to illustrate some differences between relaxed and merging systems. Results. Using the non-parametric modeling, we demonstrate a decrease of gas temperature in the cluster outskirts, and also measure gas entropy profiles, both of which are done for the first time independently of X-ray spectroscopy using the SZE and X-ray imaging data. The gas entropy measurement in the central 100 kpc shows the usability of APEX-SZ data for inferring cluster dynamical states with this method. The contribution of the SZE systematic uncertainties in measuring T-e at large radii is shown to be small compared to XMM-Newton and Chandra systematic spectroscopic errors. The total mass profile obtained using the hydrostatic equilibrium assumption is in agreement with the published X-ray and weak lensing results; the upper limit on M-200 derived from the non-parametric method is consistent with the NFW model prediction from weak lensing analysis.







X-rays: galaxies:

intergalactic medium

cosmic microwave background



entropy profiles

relaxed galaxy clusters

galaxies: clusters: individual: Abell 2204

cosmology: observations


zeldovich effect observations


3-dimensional structure


K. Basu

Max Planck Society

University of Bonn

Y. Y. Zhang

University of Bonn

M. W. Sommer

Max Planck Society

University of Bonn

A. N. Bender

University of Colorado at Boulder

F. Bertoldi

University of Bonn

M. Dobbs

McGill University

H. Eckmiller

University of Bonn

N. W. Halverson

University of Colorado at Boulder

W. L. Holzapfel

University of California

Cathy Horellou

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics

V. Jaritz

University of Bonn

Daniel Johansson

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics

B. Johnson

University of California

J. Kennedy

McGill University

R. Kneissl

Atacama Large Millimeter-submillimeter Array (ALMA)

T. Lanting

Cardiff University

A. T. Lee

University of California

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

J. Mehl

University of Chicago

K. M. Menten

Max Planck Society

F. P. Navarrete

Max Planck Society

F. Pacaud

University of Bonn

C. L. Reichardt

University of California

T. H. Reiprich

University of Bonn

P. L. Richards

University of California

D. Schwan

University of California

B. Westbrook

University of California

Astronomy and Astrophysics

0004-6361 (ISSN) 1432-0746 (eISSN)

Vol. 519 Article Number: A29 A29

Subject Categories

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology



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