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Title: THE DISCOVERY OF A RADIO HALO IN PLCK G147.3–16.6 AT Z = 0.65

Recent X-ray and Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (SZ) observations have dramatically increased the number of known distant galaxy clusters. In some merging, low-redshift (z < 0.4) clusters, centrally located, diffuse, extended radio emission (radio halos) has been found. Using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), we report the detection of diffuse radio emission in the binary-merging cluster PLCK G147.3–16.6 located at z = 0.65. We classify the emission as a giant radio halo due to its large physical extent of about 0.9 Mpc and its low-surface brightness. We measure an integrated flux density of 7.3 ± 1.1 mJy at 610 MHz for the radio halo, resulting in a 1.4 GHz radio power of 5.1 × 10{sup 24} W Hz{sup –1}. The radio halo power is consistent with that expected from the known correlation between X-ray luminosity or the cluster integrated SZ signal and radio power. Our observations also suggest that more of these distant radio halos could be discovered with the GMRT.
Authors:
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  1. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)
  2. National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 1003 Lopezville Road, Socorro, NM 87801-0387 (United States)
  3. National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune University Campus, Post Bag 3, Pune 411 007 (India)
  4. Hamburger Sternwarte, Gojenbergsweg 112, D-21029 Hamburg (Germany)
  5. Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9513, NL-2300 RA Leiden (Netherlands)
  6. Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg, Sternwarte 5, D-07778, Tautenburg (Germany)
  7. Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP), An der Sternwarte 16, D-14482 Potsdam (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22364016
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal Letters; Journal Volume: 781; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; BRIGHTNESS; CORRELATIONS; DETECTION; EMISSION; FLUX DENSITY; GALAXY CLUSTERS; GHZ RANGE; LUMINOSITY; MHZ RANGE; RADIO TELESCOPES; RED SHIFT; UNIVERSE; X RADIATION; X-RAY GALAXIES