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|Title:||Occurrence of Radio Minihalos in a Mass-limited Sample of Galaxy Clusters||Authors:||Giacintucci, Simona
Clarke, Tracy E.
|Issue Date:||2017||Journal:||THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL||Number:||841||Issue:||2||First Page:||71||Abstract:||We investigate the occurrence of radio minihalos—diffuse radio sources of unknown origin observed in the cores of some galaxy clusters—in a statistical sample of 58 clusters drawn from the Planck Sunyaev-Zel’dovich cluster catalog using a mass cut (M 500 > 6 × 1014 M ☉). We supplement our statistical sample with a similarly sized nonstatistical sample mostly consisting of clusters in the ACCEPT X-ray catalog with suitable X-ray and radio data, which includes lower-mass clusters. Where necessary (for nine clusters), we reanalyzed the Very Large Array archival radio data to determine whether a minihalo is present. Our total sample includes all 28 currently known and recently discovered radio minihalos, including six candidates. We classify clusters as cool-core or non-cool-core according to the value of the specific entropy floor in the cluster center, rederived or newly derived from the Chandra X-ray density and temperature profiles where necessary (for 27 clusters). Contrary to the common wisdom that minihalos are rare, we find that almost all cool cores—at least 12 out of 15 (80%)—in our complete sample of massive clusters exhibit minihalos. The supplementary sample shows that the occurrence of minihalos may be lower in lower-mass cool-core clusters. No minihalos are found in non-cool cores or “warm cores.” These findings will help test theories of the origin of minihalos and provide information on the physical processes and energetics of the cluster cores.||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12386/27344||URL:||https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/aa7069||ISSN:||0004-637X||DOI:||10.3847/1538-4357/aa7069||Bibcode ADS:||2017ApJ...841...71G||Fulltext:||open|
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