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2000ApJ...535..586T - Astrophys. J., 535, 586-592 (2000/June-1)

Nonthermal emission from relativistic electrons in clusters of galaxies: a merger shock acceleration model.


Abstract (from CDS):

We have investigated evolution of nonthermal emission from relativistic electrons accelerated around the shock fronts during mergers of clusters of galaxies. We estimate synchrotron radio emission and inverse Compton scattering of cosmic microwave background photons from extreme ultraviolet (EUV) to hard X-ray range. The hard X-ray emission is most luminous in the later stage of a merger. Both hard X-ray and radio emissions are luminous only while signatures of merging events are clearly seen in the thermal intracluster medium (ICM). On the other hand, EUV radiation is still luminous after the system has relaxed. Propagation of shock waves and bulk-flow motion of ICM play crucial roles in extending radio halos. In the contracting phase, radio halos are located at the hot region of ICM or between two substructures. In the expanding phase, on the other hand, radio halos are located between two ICM hot regions and show rather diffuse distribution.

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Journal keyword(s): Acceleration of Particles - Galaxies: Clusters: General - Hydrodynamics - Galaxies: Intergalactic Medium - Radiation Mechanisms: Nonthermal

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