Stripping of the Hot Gas Halos in Member Galaxies of Abell 1795
Author(s)Wagner, Cory R.; McDonald, Michael A.; Courteau, Stéphane
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All rights reserved.. The nearby cluster Abell 1795 is used as a testbed to examine whether hot gas in cluster galaxies is stripped by the ram pressure of the intracluster medium (ICM). The expected X-ray emission in and around Abell 1795 galaxies is likely dominated by the ICM, low-mass X-ray binaries, active galactic nuclei, and hot gas halos. In order to constrain these components, we use archival Chandra X-ray Observatory and Sloan Digital Sky Survey observations of Abell 1795 and identify 58 massive (M ∗ > 1010 M o) spectroscopic cluster members within 5′ of the Chandra optical axis. X-ray images at 0.5-1.5 and 4-8 keV were created for each cluster member and then stacked into two clustercentric radius bins: inner (0.25 < R clust/R 500 < 1) and outer (1 < R clust/R 500 < 2.5). Surface brightness profiles of inner and outer cluster members are fit using Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling in order to generate model parameters and measure the 0.5-1.5 keV luminosities of each model component. Leveraging effective total Chandra exposure times of 3.4 and 1.7 Ms for inner and outer cluster members, respectively, we report the detection of hot gas halos, in a statistical sense, around outer cluster members. Outer members have 0.5-1.5 keV hot halo luminosities () that are six times larger than the upper limit for inner cluster members (L X < 1.3 × 1039 erg s-1). This result suggests that the ICM is removing hot gas from the halos of Abell 1795 members as they fall into the cluster. ©2018. The American Astronomical Society.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics; MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
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Wagner, Cory R. et. al. "Stripping of the Hot Gas Halos in Member Galaxies of Abell 1795." Astrophysical Journal 867, 1 (October 2018): no.14 doi. 10.3847/1538-4357/AAE37C ©2018 Authors
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