Volume 425, Number 1, October I 2004
|Page(s)||367 - 383|
|Section||Catalogs and data|
|Published online||10 September 2004|
V. The cluster catalogue
Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, 85748 Garching, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, via Bianchi 46, 23807 Merate, Italy
3 Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool CH41 1LD, UK
4 E. O. Hulburt Center for Space Research, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375., USA
5 Observatorio Astronómico, Universidad de Valencia, 22085 Valencia, Spain
6 Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy
7 Physics Department, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
8 Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ, UK
9 CEA Saclay, Service d`Astrophysique, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
10 Institute for Astrophysics, Universität Innsbruck, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
11 European Southern Observatory, 85748 Garching, Germany
Accepted: 11 March 2004
We present the catalogue of the REFLEX Cluster Survey providing information on the X-ray properties, redshifts, and some identification details of the clusters in the REFLEX sample. The catalogue describes a statistically complete X-ray flux-limited sample of 447 galaxy clusters above an X-ray flux of 3 10-12 erg s-1 cm-2 (0.1 to 2.4 keV) in an area of 4.24 ster in the southern sky. The cluster candidates were first selected by their X-ray emission in the ROSAT-All Sky Survey and subsequently spectroscopically identified in the frame of an ESO key programme. Previously described tests have shown that the sample is more than 90% complete and there is a conservative upper limit of 9% on the fraction of clusters with a dominant X-ray contamination from AGN. In addition to the cluster catalogue we also describe the complete selection criteria as a function of the sky position and the conversion functions used to analyse the X-ray data. These are essential for the precise statistical analysis of the large-scale cluster distribution. This data set is at present the largest, statistically complete X-ray galaxy cluster sample. Together with these data set we also provide for the first time the full three-dimensional selection function. The sample forms the basis of several cosmological studies, one of the most important applications being the assessment of the statistics of the large-scale structure of the universe and the test of cosmological models. Part of these cosmological results have already been published.
Key words: catalogs / surveys / galaxies: clusters: general / cosmology: large-scale structure of Universe / X-rays: general / X-rays: galaxies: clusters
The full Tables [see full text]–[see full text] are only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (220.127.116.11) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/425/367 as well as on our home page http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/theorie/REFLEX/DATA
© ESO, 2004
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