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On the influence of high energy electron populations on metal abundance estimates in galaxy groups and clusters
Univ Paris 06, CNRS, France ; Moscow Inst Phys & Technol, Russia.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6511-4330
2009 (English)In: Astronomy and Astrophysics, ISSN 0004-6361, E-ISSN 1432-0746, Vol. 508, no 1, 69-74 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aims. Spectral line emissivities have usually been calculated for a Maxwellian electron distribution. But many theoretical works on both galaxy groups and clusters and the solar corona consider modified Maxwellian electron distribution functions when fitting observed X-ray spectra. Here we examine the influence of high energy electron populations on measurements of metal abundances. Methods. A generalized approach proposed by ourselves is used to calculate the line emissivities for a modified Maxwellian distribution. We study metal abundances in galaxy groups and clusters in which hard X-ray excess emission was observed. Results. We found that for modified Maxwellian distributions the argon abundance decreases for the HCG 62 group, the iron abundance decreases for the Centaurus cluster, and the oxygen abundance decreases for the solar corona with respect to the case of a Maxwellian distribution. Therefore, metal abundance measurements are a promising tool for testing the presence of high energy electron populations.

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2009. Vol. 508, no 1, 69-74 p.
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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Physics, Astroparticle Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-42859DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/200911879ISI: 000272417700012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-42859DiVA: diva2:807500
Available from: 2015-04-23 Created: 2015-04-23 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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