Mass variance from archival X-ray properties of Dark Energy Survey Year-1 galaxy clusters Academic Article uri icon


  • ABSTRACT Using archival X-ray observations and a lognormal population model, we estimate constraints on the intrinsic scatter in halo mass at fixed optical richness for a galaxy cluster sample identified in Dark Energy Survey Year-One (DES-Y1) data with the redMaPPer algorithm. We examine the scaling behaviour of X-ray temperatures, TX, with optical richness, λRM, for clusters in the redshift range 0.2 > z > 0.7. X-ray temperatures are obtained from Chandra and XMM observations for 58 and 110 redMaPPer systems, respectively. Despite non-uniform sky coverage, the TX measurements are $gt 50{{
    m per cent}}$ complete for clusters with λRM < 130. Regression analysis on the two samples produces consistent posterior scaling parameters, from which we derive a combined constraint on the residual scatter, $sigma _{ln T , |, lambda }= 0.275 pm 0.019$. Joined with constraints for TX scaling with halo mass from the Weighing the Giants program and richness–temperature covariance estimates from the LoCuSS sample, we derive the richness-conditioned scatter in mass, $sigma _{ln M , |, lambda }= 0.30 pm 0.04, _{({
    m stat})} pm 0.09, _{({
    m sys})}$, at an optical richness of approximately 100. Uncertainties in external parameters, particularly the slope and variance of the TX–mass relation and the covariance of TX and λRM at fixed mass, dominate the systematic error. The $95{{
    m per cent}}$ confidence region from joint sample analysis is relatively broad, $sigma _{ln M , |, lambda }in [0.14, , 0.55]$, or a factor 10 in variance.

altmetric score

  • 10.03

author list (cited authors)

  • Farahi, A., Chen, X., Evrard, A. E., Hollowood, D. L., Wilkinson, R., Bhargava, S., ... Weller, J.

citation count

  • 10

publication date

  • September 2019