AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 139 Entropy, Convection and Cluster Properties
Poster, Wednesday, 9:20am-6:30pm, January 11, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[139.03] Studies of Entropy Distributions in X-ray Luminous Clusters of Galaxies

K.W. Cavagnolo, M.E. Donahue, G.M. Voit, M. Sun (Michigan State University), A.E. Evrard (University of Michigan)

We present entropy distributions for a sample of galaxy clusters from the Chandra public archive, which builds on our previous analysis of nine nearby, bright clusters. By studying the entropy distribution within clusters we quantify the effect of radiative cooling, supernovae feedback, and AGN feedback on cluster properties. This expanded sample contains both cooling flow and non-cooling flow clusters while our previous work focused only on classical cooling flow clusters. We also test the predictions of Mathiesen and Evrard (2001) by checking whether the spectral fit temperature is an unbiased estimate of the mass-weighted temperature, and how this estimate effects the calculation of the intracluster medium mass. Temperature and entropy maps for the clusters in our sample using the Voronoi Tesselation method as employed by Statler et al (in preparation) will also be presented. These maps serve as a prelude to future work in which we will investigate how well such maps may represent the "true" projected quantities of a cluster by comparing deprojected real and simulated clusters from our sample and the Virtual Cluster Exploratory, respectively. Our discussion focuses on tying together feedback mechanisms with the breaking of self-similar relations expected in cluster and galaxy formation models.

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