A multi-instrument non-parametric reconstruction of the electron pressure profile in the galaxy cluster CLJ1226.9+3332

C. Romero, M. McWilliam, J. F. Macías-Pérez, R. Adam, P. Ade, P. André, H. Aussel, A. Beelen, A. Benoît, A. Bideaud, N. Billot, O. Bourrion, M. Calvo, A. Catalano, G. Coiffard, B. Comis, M. De Petris, F. X. Désert, S. Doyle, J. GoupyC. Kramer, G. Lagache, S. Leclercq, J. F. Lestrade, Philip Mauskopf, F. Mayet, A. Monfardini, E. Pascale, L. Perotto, G. Pisano, N. Ponthieu, V. Revéret, A. Ritacco, H. Roussel, F. Ruppin, K. Schuster, A. Sievers, S. Triqueneaux, C. Tucker, R. Zylka

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Context. In the past decade, sensitive, resolved Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (SZ) studies of galaxy clusters have become common. Whereas many previous SZ studies have parameterized the pressure profiles of galaxy clusters, non-parametric reconstructions will provide insights into the thermodynamic state of the intracluster medium. Aim. We seek to recover the non-parametric pressure profiles of the high redshift (z = 0.89) galaxy cluster CLJ 1226.9+3332 as inferred from SZ data from the MUSTANG, NIKA, Bolocam, and Planck instruments, which all probe different angular scales. Methods. Our non-parametric algorithm makes use of logarithmic interpolation, which under the assumption of ellipsoidal symmetry is analytically integrable. For MUSTANG, NIKA, and Bolocam we derive a non-parametric pressure profile independently and find good agreement among the instruments. In particular, we find that the non-parametric profiles are consistent with a fitted generalized Navaro-Frenk-White (gNFW) profile. Given the ability of Planck to constrain the total signal, we include a prior on the integrated Compton Y parameter as determined by Planck. Results. For a given instrument, constraints on the pressure profile diminish rapidly beyond the field of view. The overlap in spatial scales probed by these four datasets is therefore critical in checking for consistency between instruments. By using multiple instruments, our analysis of CLJ 1226.9+3332 covers a large radial range, from the central regions to the cluster outskirts: 0.05 R500 < r < 1.1 R500. This is a wider range of spatial scales than is typically recovered by SZ instruments. Similar analyses will be possible with the new generation of SZ instruments such as NIKA2 and MUSTANG2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA39
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • Galaxies: clusters: individual: CLJ 1226.9+3332

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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