Astrophys. J., 513, L17-L20 (1999/March-1)
The X-ray luminosity function of bright galaxy clusters in the local universe.
DE GRANDI S., GUZZO L., BOHRINGER H., MOLENDI S., CHINCARINI G., COLLINS C., CRUDDACE R., NEUMANN D., SCHINDLER S., SCHUECKER P. and VOGES W.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present the X-ray luminosity function (XLF) for clusters of galaxies derived from the RASS1 Bright Sample. The sample, selected from the ROSAT All-Sky Survey in a region of 2.5 sr within the southern Galactic cap, contains 130 clusters with flux limits in the range ∼3-4x10–12 ergs.cm–2.s–1 in the 0.5-2.0 keV band. A maximum likelihood fit with a Schechter function of the XLF over the entire range of luminosities (0.045-28.0x1044 ergs.s–1) gives α=1.52+0.11–0.11, L*=3.80+0.70–0.55x1044 ergs.s–1, and A=5.07±0.45x10–7 Mpc–3 (1044 ergs.s–1)α–1. We investigate possible evolutionary effects within the sample, out to our redshift limit (z∼0.3), finding no evidence for evolution. Our results are in good agreement with other local estimates of the XLF, implying that this statistic for the local universe is now well determined. Comparison with XLFs for distant clusters (0.3<z<0.6) shows that no evolution is present for LX≲1044 ergs.s–1. However, we detect differences at the 3 σ level between our local XLF and the distant one estimated by Henry et al. for the Einstein Extended Medium-Sensitivity Survey (EMSS) sample. This difference is still present when considering the EMSS sample revised by Nichol et al.
Cosmology: Observations - Galaxies: Clusters: General - X-Rays: General
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