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Peculiar velocity limits from measurements of the spectrum of the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect in six clusters of galaxies

Benson, B. A., Church, S. E., Ade, Peter A. R., Bock, J. J., Ganga, K. M., Hinderks, J. R., Mauskopf, Philip Daniel, Philhour, B., Runyan, M. C. and Thompson, K. L. 2003. Peculiar velocity limits from measurements of the spectrum of the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect in six clusters of galaxies. Astrophysical Journal 592 (2) , pp. 674-691. 10.1086/375864

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We have made measurements of the Sunyaev-Zeldovich (SZ) effect in six galaxy clusters at z > 0.2 using the Sunyaev-Zeldovich Infrared Experiment (SuZIE II) in three frequency bands between 150 and 350 GHz. Simultaneous multifrequency measurements have been used to distinguish between thermal and kinematic components of the SZ effect and to significantly reduce the effects of variations in atmospheric emission that can otherwise dominate the noise. We have set limits to the peculiar velocities of each cluster with respect to the Hubble flow and have used the cluster sample to set a 95% confidence limit of less than 1420 km s-1 to the bulk flow of the intermediate-redshift universe in the direction of the cosmic microwave background dipole. This is the first time that SZ measurements have been used to constrain bulk flows. We show that systematic uncertainties in peculiar velocity determinations from the SZ effect are likely to be dominated by submillimeter point sources, and we discuss the level of this contamination.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: cosmic microwave background; cosmology: observations; galaxies: clusters: general; large-scale structure of universe
Publisher: IOP Science
ISSN: 0004-637X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:41

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