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Volume 435, Number 1, May III 2005
Page(s) L9 - L12
Section Letters
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:200500100

A&A 435, L9-L12 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:200500100


The SZ effect from cluster cavities

S. Colafrancesco

INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, via Frascati 33, 00040 Monteporzio, Italy
    e-mail: cola@mporzio.astro.it

(Received 20 January 2005 / Accepted 19 March 2005)

In this Letter we derive the SZ effect (SZE) observable in the direction of the giant X-ray cavities found in the atmospheres of galaxy clusters. We explore specifically the case of the cluster MS0735.6+7421. The SZE produced in the cavities embedded in the cluster thermal atmosphere is of non-thermal nature: it dominates the overall cluster SZE at the frequency $x_{\rm0,th}$ - at which the thermal SZE from the cluster vanishes - and appears, at sub-mm frequencies, as a negative SZE located only in the regions of the intracluster space occupied by the cavities. We show that SZ observations, combined with X-ray and radio data, are able to shed light on the morphology, on the physical structure, on the dynamics and the origin of these recently discovered non-thermal features of galaxy clusters. These studies will be also relevant to determine the impact of specific events of the nature of cavities on the use of SZ and X-ray clusters as probes for cosmology and for the large scale structure of the universe.

Key words: cosmology -- galaxies: clusters -- cosmic microwave background

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