Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 396, 1297-1307 (2009/July-1)
LoCuSS: luminous infrared galaxies in the merging cluster Abell1758 at z = 0.28.
HAINES C.P., SMITH G.P., EGAMI E., OKABE N., TAKADA M., ELLIS R.S., MORAN S.M. and UMETSU K.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present the first galaxy evolution results from the Local Cluster Substructure Survey (LoCuSS), a multiwavelength survey of 100 X-ray selected galaxy clusters at 0.15 ≤ z ≤ 0.3. LoCuSS combines far-ultraviolet (UV) through far-infrared (IR) observations of cluster galaxies with gravitational lensing analysis and X-ray data to investigate the interplay between the hierarchical assembly of clusters and the evolution of cluster galaxies. Here we present new panoramic Spitzer/Multiband Imaging Photometer 24-µm observations of the merging cluster Abell1758 at z = 0.279 spanning 6.5x6.5Mpc2 and reaching a 90 per cent completeness limit of S24µm= 400µJy. We estimate a global cluster star formation rate of SFR24µm= 910±320M☉/yr within R < 3Mpc of the cluster centre, originating from 42 galaxies with L8–1000µm> 5x1010L☉. The obscured activity in A1758 is therefore comparable with that in Cl0024+1654, the most active cluster previously studied at 24µm. The obscured galaxies faithfully trace the cluster potential as revealed by the weak-lensing mass map of the cluster, including numerous mass peaks at R ∼ 2-3Mpc that are likely associated with infalling galaxy groups and filamentary structures. However, the core (R ≲ 500kpc) of A1758N is ∼two times more active in the IR than that of A1758S, likely reflecting differences in the recent dynamical history of the two clusters. The 24-µm results from A1758 therefore suggest that dust-obscured cluster galaxies are common in merging clusters and suggest that obscured activity in clusters is triggered by both the details of cluster-cluster mergers and processes that operate at larger radii including those within in-falling groups. Our ongoing far-UV through far-IR observations of a large sample of clusters should allow us to disentangle the different physical processes responsible for triggering obscured star formation in clusters.
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 RAS
galaxies: active - galaxies: clusters: general - galaxies: evolution - galaxies: stellar content
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