A first chandra view of the cool core cluster A1668: Offset cooling and AGN feedback cycle

T. Pasini, M. Gitti, F. Brighenti, E. O'Sullivan, F. Gastaldello, P. Temi, S. L. Hamer

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We present a multiwavelength analysis of the cluster A1668, performed by means of new EVLA and Chandra observations and archival Hα data. The radio images exhibit a small central source (∼14 kpc at 1.4 GHz) with L1.4GHz ∼ 6 1023WHz-1. The mean spectral index between 1.4 GHz and 5 GHz is ∼-1, consistent with the usual indices found in BCGs. The cooling region extends for 40 kpc, with bolometric X-ray luminosity Lcool = 1.9 ± 0.1 1043 erg s-1. We detect an offset of ∼6 kpc between the cluster BCG and the X-ray peak, and another offset of ∼7.6 kpc between the Hα and the X-ray peaks. We discuss possible causes for these offsets, which suggest that the coolest gas is not condensing directly from the lowest-entropy gas. In particular, we argue that the cool ICM was drawn out from the core by sloshing, whereas the Hα filaments were pushed aside from the expanding radio galaxy lobes. We detect two putative X-ray cavities, spatially associated with the west radio lobe (cavity A) and the east radio lobe (cavity B). The cavity power and age of the system are Pcav ∼ 9 × 1042 erg s-1 and tage ∼ 5.2 Myr, respectively. Evaluating the position of A1668 in the cooling luminosity-cavity power parameter space, we find that the AGN energy injection is currently consistent within the scatter of the relationship, suggesting that offset cooling is likely not breaking the AGN feedback cycle.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberabe85f
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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