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Magnetic fields and extraordinarily bright radio emission in the X-ray faint galaxy group MRC 0116+111

Authors

MERNIER F. WERNER Norbert BAGCHI J. SIMIONESCU A. BOHRINGER H. ALLEN S.W. JACOB J.

Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Citation
Web https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article-abstract/486/4/5430/5484909?redirectedFrom=fulltext
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stz1228
Keywords magnetic fields; galaxies: active; galaxies: clusters: individual: MRC 0116+111; galaxies: clusters: intracluster medium; X-rays: galaxies: clusters
Description MRC 0116 111 is a nearby (z = 0.132) poor galaxy group, which was previously known for exhibiting a bright diffuse radio emission with no central point-like source, presumably related to a past activity of the active galactic nucleus (AGN) in its central cif.) galaxy. Here, we present an X-ray observation (similar to 30 ks of cleaned XM M Newtonll TIC exposure) of this system, allowing us for the first time a detailed comparison between the thermal and non-thermal components of its intragroup medium (1GrM). Remarkably, we find that the radio-lo-X-ray luminosity ratio is among the highest ever observed for a diffuse extragalactic source so far, while the extent of the observed radio emission is about three limes larger than its observed soft: X-ray emission. Although powerful AGN activity may have disturbed the dynamics of the thermal 1GrM in the form of turbulence, possibly re-energizing part of the relativistic electron population, the gas properties lie within the 1.0 scaling relation established previously for other groups. The upper limit we rind for the non-thermal inverse-Compton X-ray emission translates into a surprisingly high lower limit for the volume-averaged magnetic field of the group (>4.3 G). Finally, we discuss some interesting properties of a distant (z similar or equal to 0.525) galaxy cluster serendipitously discovered in our EPIC field of view.

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