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Volume 421, Number 2, July II 2004
Page(s) 503 - 507
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20035938

A&A 421, 503-507 (2004)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20035938

FUSE search for 10 $\mathsf{^5}$-10 $\mathsf{^6}$ K gas in the rich clusters of galaxies Abell 2029 and Abell 3112

A. Lecavelier des Etangs1, Gopal-Krishna2 and F. Durret1

1  Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS, 98 bis Bld Arago, 75014 Paris, France
2  Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, 53121 Bonn, Germany

(Received 23 December 2003 / Accepted 18 March 2004)

Recent Chandra and XMM X-ray observations of rich clusters of galaxies have shown that the amount of hot gas which is cooling below ~1 keV is generally more modest than previous estimates. Yet, the real level of the cooling flows, if any, remains to be clarified by making observations sensitive to different temperature ranges. As a follow-up of the FUSE observations reporting a positive detection of the OVI doublet at 1032, 1038 Å in the cluster of galaxies Abell 2597, which provided the first direct evidence for ~ $3\times 10^5$ K gas in a cluster of galaxies, we have carried out sensitive spectroscopy of two rich clusters, Abell 2029 and Abell 3112 ( $z \sim 0.07$) located behind low HI columns. In neither of these clusters could we detect the OVI doublet, yielding fairly stringent limits of ~27  $M_\odot$ yr -1 (Abell 2029) and ~25  $M_\odot$ yr -1 (Abell 3112) to the cooling flow rates using the 105-106 K gas as a tracer. The non-detections support the emerging picture that the cooling-flow rates are much more modest than deduced from earlier X-ray observations.

Key words: ISM: lines and bands -- galaxies: cooling flows -- galaxies: clusters: individual: Abell 2029 -- galaxies: clusters: individual: Abell 3112 -- ultraviolet: galaxies

Offprint request: A. Lecavelier des Etangs, lecaveli@iap.fr

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