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The Projected Dark and Baryonic Ellipsoidal Structure of 20 CLASH Galaxy Clusters

Umetsu, Keiichi; Sereno, Mauro; Tam, Sut-Ieng; Chiu, I-Non; Fan, Zuhui; Ettori, Stefano; Gruen, Daniel; Okumura, Teppei; Medezinski, Elinor; Donahue, Megan; Meneghetti, Massimo; Frye, Brenda; Koekemoer, Anton; Broadhurst, Tom; Zitrin, Adi; Balestra, Italo; Benítez, Narciso; Higuchi, Yuichi; Melchior, Peter; Mercurio, Amata; Merten, Julian; Molino, Alberto; Nonino, Mario; Postman, Marc; Rosati, Piero; Sayers, Jack; Seitz, Stella

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Keiichi Umetsu

Mauro Sereno

I-Non Chiu

Zuhui Fan

Stefano Ettori

Daniel Gruen

Teppei Okumura

Elinor Medezinski

Megan Donahue

Massimo Meneghetti

Brenda Frye

Anton Koekemoer

Tom Broadhurst

Adi Zitrin

Italo Balestra

Narciso Benítez

Yuichi Higuchi

Peter Melchior

Amata Mercurio

Julian Merten

Alberto Molino

Mario Nonino

Marc Postman

Piero Rosati

Jack Sayers

Stella Seitz


We reconstruct the two-dimensional (2D) matter distributions in 20 high-mass galaxy clusters selected from the CLASH survey by using the new approach of performing a joint weak gravitational lensing analysis of 2D shear and azimuthally averaged magnification measurements. This combination allows for a complete analysis of the field, effectively breaking the mass-sheet degeneracy. In a Bayesian framework, we simultaneously constrain the mass profile and morphology of each individual cluster, assuming an elliptical Navarro–Frenk–White halo characterized by the mass, concentration, projected axis ratio, and position angle (PA) of the projected major axis. We find that spherical mass estimates of the clusters from azimuthally averaged weak-lensing measurements in previous work are in excellent agreement with our results from a full 2D analysis. Combining all 20 clusters in our sample, we detect the elliptical shape of weak-lensing halos at the 5σ significance level within a scale of 2 $\mathrm{Mpc}\,{h}^{-1}$. The median projected axis ratio is 0.67 ± 0.07 at a virial mass of ${M}_{\mathrm{vir}}=(15.2\pm 2.8)\times {10}^{14}\,{M}_{\odot }$, which is in agreement with theoretical predictions from recent numerical simulations of the standard collisionless cold dark matter model. We also study misalignment statistics of the brightest cluster galaxy, X-ray, thermal Sunyaev–Zel'dovich effect, and strong-lensing morphologies with respect to the weak-lensing signal. Among the three baryonic tracers studied here, we find that the X-ray morphology is best aligned with the weak-lensing mass distribution, with a median misalignment angle of $| {\rm{\Delta }}\mathrm{PA}| =21^\circ \pm 7^\circ $. We also conduct a stacked quadrupole shear analysis of the 20 clusters assuming that the X-ray major axis is aligned with that of the projected mass distribution. This yields a consistent axis ratio of 0.67 ± 0.10, suggesting again a tight alignment between the intracluster gas and dark matter.


Umetsu, K., Sereno, M., Tam, S., Chiu, I., Fan, Z., Ettori, S., …Seitz, S. (2018). The Projected Dark and Baryonic Ellipsoidal Structure of 20 CLASH Galaxy Clusters. Astrophysical Journal, 860(2), Article 104.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 8, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 18, 2018
Publication Date Jun 18, 2018
Deposit Date Jul 12, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 12, 2018
Journal Astrophysical Journal
Print ISSN 0004-637X
Publisher American Astronomical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 860
Issue 2
Article Number 104


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