Journal Article

Constraints on turbulent velocity broadening for a sample of clusters, groups and elliptical galaxies using <i>XMM–Newton</i>

J. S. Sanders, A. C. Fabian and R. K. Smith

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 410, issue 3, pages 1797-1812
Published in print January 2011 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online January 2011 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Constraints on turbulent velocity broadening for a sample of clusters, groups and elliptical galaxies using XMM–Newton

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Using the width of emission lines in XMM–Newton Reflection Grating Spectrometer spectra, we place direct constraints on the turbulent velocities of the X-ray emitting medium in the cores of 62 galaxy clusters, groups and elliptical galaxies. We find five objects where we can place an upper limit on the line-of-sight broadening of 500 km s−1 (90 per cent confidence level), using a single thermal component model. Two other objects are lower than this limit when two thermal components are used. Half of the objects examined have an upper limit on the velocity broadening of less than 700 km s−1. To look for objects which have significant turbulent broadening, we use Chandra spectral maps to compute the expected broadening caused by the spatial extent of the source. Comparing these with our observed results, we find that Klemola 44 has extra broadening at the level of 1500 km s−1. RX J1347.5-1145 shows weak evidence for turbulent velocities at 800 km s−1. In addition we obtain limits on turbulence for Zw 3146, Abell 496, Abell 1795, Abell 2204 and HCG 62 of less than 200 km s−1. After subtraction of the spatial contribution and including a 50 km s−1 systematic uncertainty, we find at least 15 sources with less than 20 per cent of the thermal energy density in turbulence.

Keywords: intergalactic medium; X-rays: galaxies: clusters

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Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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