Redshift estimation of clusters by wavelet decomposition of their Sunyaev-Zel'dovich morphology

B. M. Schäfer, C. Pfrommer, S. Zaroubi

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A method for estimating redshifts of galaxy clusters based solely on resolved Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (SZ) images is proposed. Given a high-resolution SZ cluster image (with a FWHM of ∼1 arcmin), the method indirectly measures its structure-related parameters (amplitude, size, etc.) by fitting a model function to the higher-order wavelet moments of the cluster's SZ morphology. The applicability and accuracy of the wavelet method are assessed by applying the method to maps of a set of clusters extracted from hydrodynamical simulations of cosmic structure formation. The parameters, derived by a fit to the spectrum of wavelet moments as a function of scale, are found to show a dependence on redshift z that is of the type x(z) = x1 exp(-z/x2) + x3, where the monotony of this functional behaviour and the non-degeneracy of those parameters allow inversion and estimation of the redshift z. The average attainable accuracy in the z estimation relative to 1 + z is ∼4-5 per cent out to z ≃ 1.2, which is comparable with photometric redshifts. For single-frequency SZ interferometers, in which the ambient fluctuating CMB is the main noise source, the accuracy of the method drops slightly to 〈Δ z/(1 + z)〉 ∼ 6-7 per cent. Other complications addressed include instrumental noise, cold cores and systematic trends in baryon fraction with cluster mass.

שפה מקוריתאנגלית
עמודים (מ-עד)1418-1434
מספר עמודים17
כתב עתMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
מספר גיליון4
מזהי עצם דיגיטלי (DOIs)
סטטוס פרסוםפורסם - 1 אוק׳ 2005
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