Volume 575, March 2015
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||11 February 2015|
Diffuse radio emission in the complex merging galaxy cluster Abell2069
Thüringer Landessternwarte (TLS), Sternwarte 5,
2 ASTRON – Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4, 7991 PD Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
3 Hamburger Sternwarte, Gojenbergsweg 112, 21029 Hamburg, Germany
4 Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
5 Argelander Institut für Radioastronomie, Universität Bonn, Auf dem Hügel 71, 53121 Bonn, Germany
Received: 18 August 2014
Accepted: 18 December 2014
Context. Galaxy clusters with signs of a recent merger in many cases show extended diffuse radio features. This emission originates from relativistic electrons that suffer synchrotron losses due to the intracluster magnetic field. The mechanisms of particle acceleration and the properties of the magnetic field are still poorly understood.
Aims. We search for diffuse radio emission in galaxy clusters. Here, we study the complex galaxy cluster Abell 2069, for which X-ray observations indicate a recent merger.
Methods. We investigate the cluster’s radio continuum emission by deep Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) observations at 346 MHz and Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) observations at 322 MHz.
Results. We find an extended diffuse radio feature roughly coinciding with the main component of the cluster. We classify this emission as a radio halo and estimate its lower limit flux density at 25 ± 9 mJy. Moreover, we find a second extended diffuse source located at the cluster’s companion and estimate its flux density at 15 ± 2 mJy. We speculate that this is a small halo or a mini-halo. If true, this cluster is the first example of a double-halo in a single galaxy cluster.
Key words: magnetic fields / radiation mechanisms: non-thermal / turbulence / galaxies: clusters: individual: Abell 2069 / galaxies: clusters: intracluster medium
© ESO, 2015
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