AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 130 Astronomical Research with the Virtual Observatory
Special Session, Wednesday, January 12, 2005, 2:00-3:30pm, Royal Palm 1-3

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[130.04] Searching for Distant Galaxy Clusters: Utilizing the Virtual Observatory for Multiwavelength Images and Survey Cross-correlation

J. Van Duyne (Yale University), R. Lucas (STScI), T. Tamura (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), D. Rohde (University of Queensland)

Through the tools and technology made available via the Virtual Observatory, we have explored the multiwavelength properties, survey coverage, and environments of a sample of 71 steep (-1.0 < \alpha < 0.5) spectrum radio sources taken from the Texas Interferometer Radio catalog (Douglas et al. 1996). Through the VLA proposal by Lucas & Chambers (1989), these radio sources were observed with the A-array configuration at 20 cm and 1485 MHz and with 1 full Schmidt SRC-J, high-latitude sky survey plate (~6 sq deg) down to J~22 with the purpose of finding optical counterparts of mid-to-high z galaxy clusters. With the knowledge that this field had been imaged via the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS DR2, r=22.2), we submitted the coordinates of the Lucas & Chambers survey sources to the VO image access protocol (SIAP) to quickly and efficiently explore the SDSS ugriz 5-band color images of these sources, specifically looking for u-band drop-outs. Additionally, we used this same technique to explore the multiwavelength coverage of this field with all surveys registered with the VO (2MASS, ROSAT, VLA FIRST/NVSS, Chandra, XMM) via ~ 1 arcminute snapshots. This revealed a multitude of interesting objects, such as double-lobed radio galaxies with bent jets, implying intercluster medium interactions, extremely faint optical sources with point source 2MASS/J-band detections, and the re-discovery of 3C 273.

Finally, as a proof of concept, we utilized the VO tool Topcat to cross-correlate the radio and X-ray positions of known galaxy clusters via the RBSC-NVSS Sample (Bauer et al. 2000) and ROSAT Brightest Cluster Sample (Ebeling et al. 1998), resulting in 17 clusters matched at < 15 arcsec separation. These results demonstrate the simple, yet highly effective utility of the Virtual Observatory on a sample data set to reveal scientifically interesting objects on a short timescale.

We would like to acknowledge the National Virtual Observatory Summer School for supplying the opportunity and technical expertise in making this project possible, as well as the support of the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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

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