Reconstruction of Radio Relics and X-Ray Tails in an Off-axis Cluster Merger: Hydrodynamical Simulations of A115

Wonki Lee, M. James Jee, Hyesung Kang, Dongsu Ryu, Taysun Kimm, Marcus Brüggen

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Although a merging galaxy cluster is a useful laboratory to study many important astrophysical processes and fundamental physics, only limited interpretations are possible without careful analysis of the merger scenario. However, the study is demanding because a thorough comparison of multiwavelength observations with detailed numerical simulations is required. In this paper, we present such a study for the off-axis binary merger A115. The system possesses a number of remarkable observational features, but no convincing merger scenario explaining the shape and location of the radio relic in harmony with the orientation of the cometary X-ray tails has been presented. Our hydrodynamical simulation with adaptive mesh refinement suggests that the cometary X-ray tail of A115 might be a slingshot tail that can arise ∼0.3 Gyr after the impact, before the two subclusters reach their apocenters. This scenario can predict the location and orientation of the giant radio relic, which is parallel to the northern X-ray tail. In addition, our study indicates that diffusive shock acceleration alone cannot generate the observed radio power unless aided by stronger magnetic fields and/or more significant presence of fossil electrons.

Original languageEnglish
Article number60
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020 May 1

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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