Journal Article

Sunyaev–Zel’dovich power spectrum and cluster numbers from an extended merger-tree model

Irina Dvorkin, Yoel Rephaeli and Meir Shimon

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 421, issue 3, pages 2648-2655
Published in print April 2012 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online April 2012 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Sunyaev–Zel’dovich power spectrum and cluster numbers from an extended merger-tree model

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We have recently developed an extended merger-tree model that efficiently follows hierarchical evolution of galaxy clusters and provides a quantitative description of both their dark matter and gas properties. We employed this diagnostic tool to calculate the thermal Sunyaev–Zel’dovich power spectrum and cluster number counts, accounting explicitly for uncertainties in the relevant statistical and intrinsic cluster properties, such as the halo mass function and the gas equation of state. Results of these calculations are compared with those obtained from a direct analytic treatment and from hydrodynamical simulations. We show that under certain assumptions on the gas mass fraction our results are consistent with the latest South Pole Telescope measurement. Our approach can be particularly useful in predicting cluster number counts and their dependence on cluster and cosmological parameters.

Keywords: galaxies: clusters: general; cosmic background radiation; large-scale structure of Universe

Journal Article.  5794 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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