2022A&A...666A..54C


Query : 2022A&A...666A..54C

2022A&A...666A..54C - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 666A, 54 (2022/10-1)

Physical properties of more than one thousand brightest cluster galaxies detected in the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey.

CHU A., SARRON F., DURRET F. and MARQUEZ I.

Abstract (from CDS):


Context. Brightest cluster galaxies (BCGs) are very massive elliptical galaxies found at the centres of clusters. Their study gives clues to the formation and evolution of the clusters in which they are embedded.
Aims. We analyse here in a homogeneous way the properties of a sample of more than 1000 BCGs in the redshift range 0.15 < z < 0.7, based on images from the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey.
Methods. Based on a recent catalogue of 1371 clusters, we applied our automatic BCG detection algorithm and successfully identified 70% of the BCGs in our sample. We analysed their 2D photometric properties with GALFIT. We also compared the position angles of the BCG major axes with those of the overall cluster to which they belong.
Results. We find no evolution of the BCG properties with redshift up to z = 0.7, in agreement with previous results by Chu et al. (2021, A&A, 649, A42), who analysed a sample an order of magnitude smaller, but reaching a redshift z = 1.8. The Kormendy relation for BCGs is tight and consistent with that of normal elliptical galaxies and BCGs measured by other authors. The position angles of the BCGs and of the cluster to which they belong agree within 30 degrees for 55% of the objects with well-defined position angles.
Conclusions. The study of this very large sample of more than 1000 BCGs shows that they were mainly formed before z = 0.7 as we find no significant growth for the luminosities and sizes of central galaxies. We discuss the importance of the intracluster light in the interpretation of these results. We highlight the role of image depth in the modelling of the luminosity profiles of BCGs, and give evidence of the presence of an inner structure which can only be resolved on deep surveys with limiting apparent magnitude at 80% completeness m80 > 26 mag arcsec–2.

Abstract Copyright: © A. Chu et al. 2022

Journal keyword(s): galaxies: clusters: general - galaxies: evolution - galaxies: formation

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/A+A/666/A54): table1.dat table2.dat>

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Simbad objects: 8

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Number of rows : 8
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
RA
ICRS (J2000)
DEC
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2024
#notes
1 ACO 2744 ClG 00 14 20.03 -30 23 17.8           ~ 819 0
2 ACO 383 ClG 02 48 03.3915 -03 31 45.228           ~ 359 0
3 ACO 611 ClG 08 00 58.7 +36 02 49           ~ 258 0
4 MCS J1115.8+0129 ClG 11 15 52.1 +01 29 53           ~ 131 0
5 MCS J1149.5+2223 ClG 11 49 35.8 +22 23 55           ~ 460 0
6 ClG J1532+3021 ClG 15 32 53.8 +30 21 00           ~ 113 0
7 ClG J2129+0005 ClG 21 29 40.5 +00 05 47           ~ 271 0
8 ClG 2137-2353 ClG 21 40 12.8 -23 39 27     18.5     ~ 378 0

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