The XXL Survey. XLII. The LX- σvrelation of galaxy groups and clusters detected in the XXL and GAMA surveys

P. A. Giles, A. Robotham, M. E. Ramos-Ceja, B. J. Maughan, M. Sereno, S. McGee, S. Phillipps, A. Iovino, D. J. Turner, C. Adami, S. Brough, L. Chiappetti, S. P. Driver, A. E. Evrard, A. Farahi, F. Gastaldello, B. W. Holwerda, A. M. Hopkins, E. Koulouridis, F. PacaudM. Pierre, K. A. Pimbblet

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The XXL Survey is the largest homogeneous survey carried out with XMM-Newton. Covering an area of 50 deg2, the survey contains several hundred galaxy clusters out to a redshift of ≈2, above an X-ray flux limit of ∼6 × 10-15 er g cm-2 s-1. The GAMA spectroscopic survey of ∼300 000 galaxies covers ≈286 deg2, down to an r-band magnitude of r < 19.8 mag. The region of overlap of these two surveys (covering 14.6 deg2) represents an ideal opportunity to study clusters selected via two independent selection criteria. Generating two independently selected samples of clusters, one drawn from XXL (spanning a redshift range 0.05 ≤ z ≤ 0.3) and another from GAMA (0.05 ≤ z ≤ 0.2), both spanning 0.2 ≲ M500 ≲ 5 × 1014 M⊙, we investigate the relationship between X-ray luminosity and velocity dispersion (LX - σv relation). Comparing the LX - σv relation between the X-ray selected and optically selected samples, when not accounting for the X-ray selection, we find that the scatter of the X-ray selected sample is 2.7 times higher than the optically selected sample (at the 3.7σ level). Accounting for the X-ray selection to model the LX - σv relation, we find that the difference in the scatter increases (with the X-ray selected sample having a scatter 3.4 times larger than the optically selected sample). Although the scatter of the optically selected sample is lower, we find 13 optically selected GAMA groups undetected in X-rays. Inspection of the difference in magnitude between the first and second brightest galaxies in the cluster, and a stacked X-ray image of these 13 groups, suggests that these are young systems still in the process of forming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1227-1246
Number of pages20
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022


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