Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 499, 357-369 (2009/5-4)
The REFLEX galaxy cluster survey. VIII. Spectroscopic observations and optical atlas.
GUZZO L., SCHUECKER P., BOEHRINGER H., COLLINS C.A., ORTIZ-GIL A., DE GRANDI S., EDGE A.C., NEUMANN D.M., SCHINDLER S., ALTUCCI C. and SHAVER P.A.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present the final data from the spectroscopic survey of the ROSAT-ESO Flux-Limited X-ray (REFLEX) catalog of galaxy clusters. The REFLEX survey covers 4.24 steradians (34% of the entire sky) below a declination of δ=+2.5° and at high Galactic latitude (|b|>20°). The REFLEX catalog includes 447 entries with a median redshift of 0.08 and is better than 90% complete to a limiting flux fX=3x10–12erg/s/cm2 (0.1 to 2.4keV), representing the largest statistically homogeneous sample of clusters drawn from the ROSAT All-Sky Survey (RASS) to date. Here we describe the details of the spectroscopic observations carried out at the ESO 1.5m, 2.2m, and 3.6m telescopes, as well as the data reduction and redshift measurement techniques. The spectra typically cover the wavelength range 3600-7500Å at a two-pixel resolution of ∼14Å, and the measured redshifts have a total rms error of ∼100km/s. In total we present 1406 new galaxy redshifts in 192 clusters, most of which previously did not have any redshift measured. Finally, the luminosity/redshift distributions of the cluster sample and a comparison to the no-evolution expectations from the cluster X-ray luminosity function are presented.
surveys - galaxies: clusters: general - galaxies: distances and redshifts
VizieR on-line data:
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