AAS Meeting #193 - Austin, Texas, January 1999
Session 39. Cosmology/Large Scale Structure
Display, Thursday, January 7, 1999, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibits Hall 1

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[39.12] The Mass Function of Abell Clusters

J. Chen (Yale U. \& SAO), J. P. Huchra, B. R. McNamara, J. Mader (SAO)

The velocity dispersion and mass functions for rich clusters of galaxies provide important constraints on models of the formation of Large-Scale Structure (e.g., Frenk et al. 1990). However, prior estimates of the velocity dispersion or mass function for galaxy clusters have been based on either very small samples of clusters (Bahcall and Cen 1993; Zabludoff et al. 1994) or large but incomplete samples (e.g., the Girardi et al. (1998) determination from a sample of clusters with more than 30 measured galaxy redshifts).

In contrast, we approach the problem by constructing a volume-limited sample of Abell clusters. We collected individual galaxy redshifts for our sample from two major galaxy velocity databases, the NASA Extragalactic Database, NED, maintained at IPAC, and ZCAT, maintained at SAO. We assembled a database with velocity information for possible cluster members and then selected cluster members based on both spatial and velocity data. Cluster velocity dispersions and masses were calculated following the procedures of Danese, De Zotti, and di Tullio (1980) and Heisler, Tremaine, and Bahcall (1985), respectively.

The final velocity dispersion and mass functions were analyzed in order to constrain cosmological parameters by comparison to the results of N-body simulations. Our data for the cluster sample as a whole and for the individual clusters (spatial maps and velocity histograms) in our sample is available on-line at http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/~huchra/clusters. This website will be updated as more data becomes available in the master redshift compilations, and will be expanded to include more clusters and large groups of galaxies.

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