Radio emission from the A3571 cluster complex: The final stage of a cluster merger?
Istituto di Radioastronomia, CNR, Via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
2 Osservatorio Astronomico, Via Ranzani 1, 40126 Bologna, Italy
3 Dipartimento di Astronomia, Università di Bologna, Via Ranzani 1, 40126 Bologna, Italy
4 NFRA, Postbus 2, A7990 Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
Corresponding author: T. Venturi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 15 January 2002
In this paper we report and discuss the results of a radio survey in the A3571 cluster complex, a structure located in the Shapley Concentration core, and formed by the three clusters A3571, A3572 and A3575. The survey was carried out simultaneously at 22 cm and 13 cm with the Australia Telescope Compact Array, and led to the detection of 124 radio sources at 22 cm. The radio source counts in this region are in agreement with the background counts. Among the 36 radio sources with optical counterpart, six have a measured redshift that places them at the distance of the A3571 cluster complex, and nine radio sources have optical counterparts most likely members of this cluster complex. All of the radio galaxies emit at low power level, i.e. log (W Hz-1) ≤ 22.6. A number of them are likely to be starburst galaxies. The radio luminosity function of early type galaxies is in agreement with that derived by Ledlow & Owen ([CITE]) if we restrict our analysis to the A3571 cluster. On the basis of the multiwavelength properties of the A3571 cluster complex, we propose that it is a very advanced merger, and explain the radio properties derived from our study in the light of this hypothesis.
Key words: radio continuum: galaxies / galaxies: clusters: general / galaxies: clusters: individual: A3571, A3572, A3575
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