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2019ApJ...870..132W - Astrophys. J., 870, 132-132 (2019/January-2)

Revealing a head-on major merger in the nearby NGC 6338 group with Chandra and VLA observations.

WANG Y., LUI F., SHEN Z., WANG J., HU D. and XU H.-G.

Abstract (from CDS):

By analyzing the Chandra archival data of the nearby NGC 6338 galaxy group, we identify two X-ray bright clumps (N-clump and S-clump) within the central 100h73–1 kpc, and detect an arc-like X-ray brightness discontinuity at the south boundary of the N-clump, which is defined as a cold front with a gas flow Mach number of M < 0.8. Furthermore, at the northeast boundary of the S-clump (dominated by galaxy NGC 6338) another X-ray edge is detected that corresponds to a weaker cold front. Therefore, the two clumps are approaching each other approximately from opposite directions, and the group is undergoing a head-on collision that is in a stage of pre-core passage. This merger scenario is also supported by the study of the line-of-sight velocity distribution of the group member galaxies. The merger mass ratio is about 1:1.8 as estimated from the central gas temperature of the two clumps, which suggests the merger is most likely to be a major merger. We also analyze the Very Large Array 1.4 and 4.9 GHz radio data, but we do not detect any extended radio emission that is associated with the merger.

Abstract Copyright: © 2019. The American Astronomical Society.

Journal keyword(s): galaxies: groups: individual: NGC 6338 group - ISM: kinematics and dynamics - X-rays: galaxies: clusters

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