Volume 470, Number 3, August II 2007
|Page(s)||821 - 834|
|Section||Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)|
|Published online||16 May 2007|
I. Cluster catalog construction
Argelander-Institut für Astronomie, University of Bonn, Auf dem Hügel 71, 53121 Bonn, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 ESO, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2, 85748 Garching b. München, Germany
3 Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, An der Sternwarte 14, 14482 Potsdam, Germany
4 Institut für Theoretische Astrophysik, Albert-Ueberle-Str. 2, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Accepted: 19 April 2007
The mass function of galaxy clusters is an important cosmological probe. Differences in the selection method could potentially lead to biases when determining the mass function. From the optical and X-ray data of the XMM-Newton Follow-Up Survey, we obtained a sample of galaxy cluster candidates using weak gravitational lensing, the optical Postman matched filter method, and a search for extended X-ray sources. We developed our weak-lensing search criteria by testing the performance of the aperture mass statistic on realistic ray-tracing simulations matching our survey parameters and by comparing two filter functions. We find that the dominant noise source for our survey is shape noise at almost all significance levels and that spurious cluster detections due to projections of large-scale structures are negligible, except possibly for highly significantly detected peaks. Our full cluster catalog has 155 cluster candidates, 116 found with the Postman matched filter, 59 extended X-ray sources, and 31 shear selected potential clusters. Most of these cluster candidates were not previously known. The present catalog will be a solid foundation for studying possible selection effects in either method.
Key words: gravitational lensing / galaxies: clusters: general / X-rays: galaxies: clusters / catalogs / surveys
Based on observations carried out at the European Southern Observatory, La Silla, Chile under program Nos. 170.A-0789, 70.A-0529, 71.A-0110, 072.A-0061, 073.A-0050.
© ESO, 2007
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