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2015ApJ...798L..20P - Astrophys. J., 798, L20 (2015/January-1)

A simple physical model for the gas distribution in galaxy clusters.


Abstract (from CDS):

The dominant baryonic component of galaxy clusters is hot gas whose distribution is commonly probed through X-ray emission arising from thermal bremsstrahlung. The density profile thus obtained has been traditionally modeled with a β-profile, a simple function with only three parameters. However, this model is known to be insufficient for characterizing the range of cluster gas distributions and attempts to rectify this shortcoming typically introduce additional parameters to increase the fitting flexibility. We use cosmological and physical considerations to obtain a family of profiles for the gas with fewer parameters than the β-model but which better accounts for observed gas profiles over wide radial intervals.

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Journal keyword(s): cosmology: theory - galaxies: clusters: intracluster medium - X-rays: galaxies: clusters

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