A&A 407, 845-854 (2003)
Stacking clusters in the ROSAT All-Sky SurveyM. Bartelmann and S. D. M. White
Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, PO Box 1317, 85741 Garching, Germany
(Received 2 October 2002 / Accepted 25 June 2003)
Ongoing and planned wide-area surveys at optical and infrared wavelengths should detect a few times 105 galaxy clusters, roughly of which are expected to be at redshifts 0.8. We investigate what can be learned about the X-ray emission of these clusters from the ROSAT All-Sky Survey. While individual clusters at redshifts 0.5 contribute at most a few photons to the survey, a significant measurement of the mean flux of cluster subsamples can be obtained by stacking cluster fields. We show that the mean X-ray luminosity of clusters with mass selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey should be measurable out to redshift unity with signal-to-noise 10, even if clusters are binned with and . For such bins, a suitably chosen hardness ratio allows the mean temperature of clusters to be determined out to with a relative accuracy of for .
Key words: surveys -- galaxies: clusters: general -- X-rays: galaxies
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