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Submillimetre observations of galaxy clusters with the BLAST: the star formation activity in Abell 3112

Braglia, Filiberto G., Ade, Peter A. R., Bock, James J., Chapin, Edward L., Devlin, Mark J., Edge, Alastair, Griffin, Matthew Joseph, Gundersen, Joshua O., Halpern, Mark, Hargrave, Peter Charles, Hughes, David H., Klein, Jeff, Marsden, Gaelen, Mauskopf, Philip Daniel, Moncelsi, Lorenzo, Netterfield, Calvin B., Ngo, Henry, Olmi, Luca, Pascale, Enzo, Patanchon, Guillaume, Pimbblet, Kevin A., Rex, Marie, Scott, Douglas, Semisch, Christopher, Thomas, Nicholas, Truch, Matthew D. P., Tucker, Carole Elizabeth, Tucker, Gregory S., Valiante, Elisabetta, Viero, Marco P. and Wiebe, Donald V. 2011. Submillimetre observations of galaxy clusters with the BLAST: the star formation activity in Abell 3112. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 412 (2) , pp. 1187-1202. 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.17973.x

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We present observations at 250, 350 and 500 μm of the nearby galaxy cluster Abell 3112 (z= 0.075) carried out with the Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope. Five cluster members are individually detected as bright submillimetre (submm) sources. Their far-infrared spectral energy distributions and optical colours identify them as normal star-forming galaxies of high mass, with globally evolved stellar populations. They all have (B−R) colours of 1.38 ± 0.08, transitional between the blue, active population and the red, evolved galaxies that dominate the cluster core. We stack to estimate the mean submm emission from all cluster members, which is determined to be 16.6 ± 2.5, 6.1 ± 1.9 and 1.5 ± 1.3 mJy at 250, 350 and 500 μm, respectively. Stacking analyses of the submm emission of cluster members reveal trends in the mean far-infrared luminosity with respect to clustercentric radius and KS-band magnitude. We find that a large fraction of submm emission comes from the boundary of the inner, virialized region of the cluster, at clustercentric distances around R500. Stacking also shows that the bulk of the submm emission arises in intermediate-mass galaxies with KS magnitude ∼1 mag fainter than the characteristic magnitude . The results and constraints obtained in this work will provide a useful reference for the forthcoming surveys to be conducted on galaxy clusters by Herschel.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: galaxies: clusters: general; galaxies: clusters: individual: A3112; galaxies: evolution; galaxies: star formation; infrared: galaxies; submillimetre: galaxies
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0035-8711
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 02:33

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