Exploring relations between BCG and cluster properties in the SPectroscopic IDentification of eROSITA Sources survey from 0.05 < z < 0.3

Kate E. Furnell, Chris A. Collins, Lee S. Kelvin, Nicolas Clerc, Ivan K. Baldry, Alexis Finoguenov, Ghazaleh Erfanianfar, Johan Comparat, Donald P. Schneider

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We present a sample of 329 low-to intermediate-redshift (0.05 < z < 0.3) brightest cluster galaxies (BCGs) in X-ray-selected clusters from the SPectroscopic IDentification of eRosita Sources survey, a spectroscopic survey within Sloan Digital Sky Survey-IV (SDSS-IV). We define our BCGs by simultaneous consideration of legacy X-ray data from ROSAT, maximumlikelihood outputs from an optical cluster-finder algorithm and visual inspection. Using SDSS imaging data, we fit Sérsic profiles to our BCGs in three bands (g, r, i) with SIGMA a GALFITbased software wrapper. We examine the reliability of our fits by running our pipeline on ~104 point spread function-convolved model profiles injected into eight random cluster fields; we then use the results of this analysis to create a robust subsample of 198 BCGs. We outline three cluster properties of interest: overall cluster X-ray luminosity (LX), cluster richness as estimated by REDMAPPER (λ),and cluster halo mass (M200), which is estimated via velocity dispersion. In general, there are significant correlations with BCG stellar mass between all three environmental properties, but no significant trends arise with either Sérsic index or effective radius. There is no major environmental dependence on the strength of the relation between effective radius and BCG stellar mass. Stellar mass therefore arises as the most important factor governing BCG morphology. Our results indicate that our sample consists of a large number of relaxed, mature clusters containing broadly homogeneous BCGs up to z ~ 0.3, suggesting that there is little evidence for much ongoing structural evolution for BCGs in these systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4952-4973
Number of pages22
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 21 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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