CHANDRA VIEW OF THE ULTRA-STEEP SPECTRUM RADIO SOURCE IN A2443: MERGER SHOCK-INDUCED COMPRESSION OF FOSSIL RADIO PLASMA?
We present a new Chandra X-ray observation of the intracluster medium in the galaxy cluster A2443, hosting an ultra-steep spectrum radio source. The data reveal that the intracluster medium is highly disturbed. The thermal gas in the core is elongated along a northwest to southeast axis and there is a cool tail to the north. We also detect two X-ray surface brightness edges near the cluster core. The edges appear to be consistent with an inner cold front to the northeast of the core and an outer shock front to the southeast of the core. The southeastern edge is coincident with the location of the radio relic as expected for shock (re)acceleration or adiabatic compression of fossil relativistic electrons.
- Naval Research Laboratory, Code 7213, Washington, DC 20375 (United States)
- Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)
- Department of Astronomy, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400325, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4325 (United States)
- Astronomy Department and Institute for Astrophysical Research, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215 (United States)
- Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2421 (United States)
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- Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 772; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
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- United States
- 79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; BRIGHTNESS; COMPRESSION; ELECTRONS; GALAXY CLUSTERS; PLASMA; RELATIVISTIC RANGE; SPECTRA; X RADIATION