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2009ApJS..182...12C - Astrophys. J., Suppl. Ser., 182, 12-32 (2009/May-0)

Intracluster medium entropy profiles for a Chandra archival sample of galaxy clusters.


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We present radial entropy profiles of the intracluster medium (ICM) for a collection of 239 clusters taken from the Chandra X-ray Observatory's Data Archive. Entropy is of great interest because it controls ICM global properties and records the thermal history of a cluster. Entropy is therefore a useful quantity for studying the effects of feedback on the cluster environment and investigating any breakdown of cluster self-similarity. We find that most ICM entropy profiles are well fitted by a model which is a power law at large radii and approaches a constant value at small radii: K(r) = K0 + K100(r/100 kpc)α, where K0 quantifies the typical excess of core entropy above the best-fitting power law found at larger radii. We also show that the K0 distributions of both the full archival sample and the primary Highest X-Ray Flux Galaxy Cluster Sample of Reiprich (2001) are bimodal with a distinct gap between K0~ 30-50 keV.cm2 and population peaks at K0∼ 15 keV.cm2 and K0∼ 150 keV.cm2. The effects of point-spread function smearing and angular resolution on best-fit K0 values are investigated using mock Chandra observations and degraded entropy profiles, respectively. We find that neither of these effects is sufficient to explain the entropy-profile flattening we measure at small radii. The influence of profile curvature and number of radial bins on best-fit K0 is also considered, and we find no indication that K0 is significantly impacted by either. For completeness, we include previously unpublished optical spectroscopy of Hα and [N II] emission lines discussed in Cavagnolo et al. (2008a). All data and results associated with this work are publicly available via the project Web site.

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Journal keyword(s): astronomical data bases: miscellaneous - cooling flows - X-rays: galaxies: clusters - X-rays: general

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