AAS Meeting #193 - Austin, Texas, January 1999
Session 38. Galaxy Clusters
Display, Thursday, January 7, 1999, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibits Hall 1

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[38.03] X-ray Properties of a Large, Volume-limited Sample of Poor Clusters of Galaxies

M. Bliton (NMSU/U. Missouri), J.O. Burns (U. Missouri), R.A. White (NASA/GSFC), W. Voges (MPE)

We present a preliminary analysis of the X-ray properties of a sample of poor clusters of galaxies from the ROSAT All-Sky Survey. Our poor cluster sample is composed of 339 groups from a larger sample of 732 poor clusters, spanning the entire range of richness from very poor systems to Abell clusters. This allows us to examine the X-ray properties of poor clusters spanning 3 orders of magnitude in the cluster mass function. We discuss the construction of the overall poor cluster catalog as well as the volume-limited sample. Additionally, we present a preliminary X-ray luminosity function (XLF), and compare it with other group XLFs as well as extrapolated cluster XLFs. We also discuss correlations between X-ray luminosity/morphology and optical richness/morphology. This work was supported by NSF grant AST-9896039 and NASA grant NAG5-6772.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: mbliton@hades.physics.missouri.edu

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