Radio-loud active galactic nuclei and the L-X-sigma relation of galaxy groups and clusters

Shiyin Shen, Guinevere Kauffmann, Anja von der Linden, Simon D. M. White, P. N. Best

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Abstract

We use the ROSAT All-Sky Survey to study the X-ray properties of a sample of 625 groups and clusters of galaxies selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. We stack clusters with similar velocity dispersions and investigate whether their average X-ray luminosities and surface brightness profiles vary with the radio activity level of their central galaxies. We find that at a given value of sigma, clusters with a central radio active galactic nucleus (AGN) have more concentrated X-ray surface brightness profiles, larger central galaxy masses and higher X-ray luminosities than clusters with radio-quiet central galaxies. The enhancement in X-ray luminosity is more than a factor of 2, is detected with better than 6 sigma significance and cannot be explained by X-ray emission from the radio AGN itself. This difference is largely due to a subpopulation of radio-quiet, high velocity dispersion clusters with low-mass central galaxies. These clusters are underluminous at X-ray wavelengths when compared to otherwise similar clusters where the central galaxy is radio-loud, more massive, or both.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1074-1086
Number of pages13
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume389
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2008

Keywords

  • galaxies : clusters : general
  • galaxies : jets
  • DIGITAL-SKY SURVEY
  • COOLING FLOWS
  • RAY-PROPERTIES
  • INTRACLUSTER MEDIUM
  • BRIGHTEST CLUSTER
  • ABELL CLUSTERS
  • ROSAT
  • CORE
  • LUMINOSITY
  • CATALOG

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