OBSERVED SCALING RELATIONS FOR STRONG LENSING CLUSTERS: CONSEQUENCES FOR COSMOLOGY AND CLUSTER ASSEMBLY

Julia M. Comerford, Leonidas A. Moustakas, Priyamvada Natarajan
2010 Astrophysical Journal  
Scaling relations of observed galaxy cluster properties are useful tools for constraining cosmological parameters as well as cluster formation histories. One of the key cosmological parameters, σ 8 , is constrained using observed clusters of galaxies, although current estimates of σ 8 from the scaling relations of dynamically relaxed galaxy clusters are limited by the large scatter in the observed cluster mass-temperature (M − T ) relation. With a sample of eight strong lensing clusters at 0.3
more » ... z < 0.8, we find that the observed cluster concentration-mass relation can be used to reduce the M − T scatter by a factor of 6. Typically only relaxed clusters are used to estimate σ 8 , but combining the cluster concentration-mass relation with the M −T relation enables the inclusion of unrelaxed clusters as well. Thus, the resultant gains in the accuracy of σ 8 measurements from clusters are twofold: the errors on σ 8 are reduced and the cluster sample size is increased. Therefore, the statistics on σ 8 determination from clusters are greatly improved by the inclusion of unrelaxed clusters. Exploring cluster scaling relations further, we find that the correlation between brightest cluster galaxy (BCG) luminosity and cluster mass offers insight into the assembly histories of clusters. We find preliminary evidence for a steeper BCG luminosity -cluster mass relation for strong lensing clusters than the general cluster population, hinting that strong lensing clusters may have had more active merging histories.
doi:10.1088/0004-637x/715/1/162 fatcat:pgkdvzm5xjhyreblyblqe4ozgy