A simulatedτCDM cosmology cluster catalogue: the NFW profile and the temperature-mass scaling relations Academic Article uri icon

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  • We have extracted over 400 clusters, covering more than 2 decades in mass, from three simulations of the TCDM cosmology. This represents the largest, uniform catalogue of simulated clusters ever produced. The clusters exhibit a wide variety of density-profiles. Only a minority are well-fit in their outer regions by the widely used density profile of Navarro, Frenk & White (1977). Others have steeper outer density profiles, show sharp breaks in their density profiles, or have significant substructure. If we force a fit to the NFW profile, then the best-fit concentrations decline with increasing mass, but this is driven primarily by an increase in substructure as one moves to higher masses. The measured temperature-mass relations for properties measured within a sphere enclosing a fixed overdensity all follow the self-similar form, T\propto M^{2/3}, however the normalisation is lower than in observed clusters. The temperature-mass relations for properties measured within a fixed physical radius are significantly steeper then this. Both can be accurately predicted using the NFW model.


  • Thomas, PA
  • Muanwong, Orrarujee
  • Pearce, FR
  • Couchman, Hugh M
  • Edge, AC
  • Jenkins, A
  • Onuora, L

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  • June 2001