A matched filter approach for blind joint detection of galaxy clusters in X-ray and SZ surveys

18 Dec 2017  ·  Tarrío Paula, Melin Jean-Baptiste, Arnaud Monique ·

The combination of X-ray and SZ observations can potentially improve the cluster detection efficiency when compared to using only one of these probes, since both probe the same medium: the hot ionized gas of the intra-cluster medium. We present a method based on matched multifrequency filters (MMF) for detecting galaxy clusters from SZ and X-ray surveys... This method builds on a previously proposed joint X-ray-SZ extraction method (Tarr\'io et al. 2016) and allows to blindly detect clusters, that is finding new clusters without knowing their position, size or redshift, by searching on SZ and X-ray maps simultaneously. The proposed method is tested using data from the ROSAT all-sky survey and from the Planck survey. The evaluation is done by comparison with existing cluster catalogues in the area of the sky covered by the deep SPT survey. Thanks to the addition of the X-ray information, the joint detection method is able to achieve simultaneously better purity, better detection efficiency and better position accuracy than its predecessor Planck MMF, which is based on SZ maps only. For a purity of 85%, the X-ray-SZ method detects 141 confirmed clusters in the SPT region, whereas to detect the same number of confirmed clusters with Planck MMF, we would need to decrease its purity to 70%. We provide a catalogue of 225 sources selected by the proposed method in the SPT footprint, with masses ranging between 0.7 and 14.5 $\cdot 10^{14}$ Msun and redshifts between 0.01 and 1.2. read more

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