Strong lensing analysis of PLCK G004.5-19.5, a Planck -discovered cluster hosting a radio relic at z = 0.52

Cristóbal Sifón, Felipe Menanteau, John P. Hughes, Mauricio Carrasco, L. Felipe Barrientos

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Context. The recent discovery of a large number of galaxy clusters using the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (SZ) effect has opened a new era on the study of the most massive clusters in the Universe. Multiwavelength analyses are required to understand the properties of these new sets of clusters, which are a sensitive probe of cosmology. Aims. We aim for a multiwavelength characterization of PLCK G004.5-19.5, one of the most massive X-ray validated SZ effect-selected galaxy clusters discovered by the Planck satellite. Methods. We have observed PLCK G004.5-19.5 with GMOS on the 8.1 m-Gemini South Telescope for optical imaging and spectroscopy, and performed a strong lensing analysis. We also searched for associated radio emission in published catalogs. Results. An analysis of the optical images confirms that this is a massive cluster, with a dominant central galaxy and an accompanying red sequence of galaxies, plus a 14''-long strong lensing arc. Longslit spectroscopy of six cluster members shows that the cluster is at z = 0.516 ± 0.002. We also targeted the strongly lensed arc, and found zarc = 1.601. We use LensTool to carry out a strong lensing analysis, from which we measure a median Einstein radius θ E(zs = 1.6) ≈ 30'' and estimate an enclosed mass M E = 2.45-0.47 +0.45 × 1014 M By extrapolating a Navarro-Frenk-White profile, we find a total mass M 500 SL = 4.0-1.0 +2.1 × 10 14 M. We also include a constraint on the mass from previous X-ray observations, which yields a slightly higher mass, M500 SL+X = 6.7-1.3 +2.6 × 1014 M, consistent with the value from strong lensing alone. Intermediate-resolution radio images from the TIFR GMRT Sky Survey at 150 MHz reveal that PLCK G004.5-19.5 hosts a powerful radio relic on scales ≤500 kpc. Emission at the same location is also detected in low-resolution images at 843 MHz and 1.4 GHz. This is one of the higher redshift radio relics known to date.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA43
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • Cosmology: observations
  • Galaxies: clusters: individual: PLCK G004.5-19.5
  • Gravitational lensing: strong

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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