AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 47 Galaxy Clusters and Large-Scale Structure
Poster, Tuesday, January 6, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Grand Hall

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[47.10] Simulated Versus Observed Cluster Eccentricity

S. Floor, A. Melott (University of Kansas), P. Motl (Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, University of Colorado)

The rate of galaxy cluster eccentricity evolution is useful in understanding large scale structure. Rapid evolution for z < 0.13 has been found in observed clusters. We present an analysis of projections of 41 clusters produced in hydrodynamic simulations augmented with radiative cooling and 43 clusters from adiabatic simulations. This new, larger set of simulated clusters strengthens the claims of previous eccentricity studies. We find very slow evolution in simulated clusters, significantly different from the reported rates of observational eccentricity evolution. We estimate the rate of change of eccentricity with redshift and compare the rates between simulated and observed clusters. We also use a variable aperture radius to compute the eccentricity, r200. This method is much more robust than the fixed aperture radius used in previous studies. Apparently, radiative cooling does not change cluster morphology on scales large enough to alter eccentricity. The discrepancy between simulated and observed cluster eccentricity remains. Observational bias or incomplete physics in simulations must be present to produce halos that evolve so differently.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: snfloor@ku.edu

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