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ID: 559158.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
Testing adiabatic contraction of dark matter in fossil group candidates
Authors:Démoclès, J.; Pratt, G. W.; Pierini, D.; Arnaud, M.; Zibetti, S.; D'Onghia, E.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2010
Title of Journal:Astronomy and Astrophysics
Journal Abbrev.:A&A
Start Page:id.A52
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:We present deep XMM-Newton observations and ESO WFI optical imaging of two X-ray-selected fossil group candidates, RXC J0216.7-4749 and RXC J2315.7-0222. Using the X-ray data, we derive total mass profiles under the hydrostatic equilibrium assumption. The central regions of RXC J0216.7-4749 are found to be dominated by an X-ray bright AGN, and although we derive a mass profile, uncertainties are large and the constraints are significantly weakened due to the presence of the central source. The total mass profile of RXC J2315.7-0222 is of high quality, being measured in fifteen bins from [0.075-0.75] R500 and containing three data points interior to 30 kpc, allowing comprehensive investigation of its properties. We investigate several mass models based on the standard NFW profile or on the Sérsic-like model recently suggested by high-resolution N-body simulations. We find that the addition of a stellar component due to the presence of the central galaxy is necessary for a good analytical model fit. In all mass profile models fitted, the mass concentration is not especially high compared to non-fossil systems. In addition, the modification of the dark matter halo by adiabatic contraction slightly improves the fit. However, our result depends critically on the choice of IMF used to convert galaxy luminosity to mass, which leads to a degeneracy between the central slope of the dark matter profile and the normalisation of the stellar component. While we argue on the basis of the range of M_*/LR ratios that lower M_*/LR ratios are preferred on physical grounds and that adiabatic contraction has thus operated in this system, better theoretical and observational convergence on this problem is needed to make further progess.
Free Keywords:X-rays: galaxies: clusters; galaxies: clusters: intracluster medium; galaxies: groups: general; dark matter
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:URL:http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2010A%26A...517A..52... [ID No:1]
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