Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 227, Issue 1–2, pp 157–165 | Cite as

Cluster-scale magnetic fields

  • T. Venturi
  • G. Giovannini


The search for non thermal radio emission from clusters of galaxies is a powerful tool to investigate the existence of magnetic fields on such large scale. Unfortunately, such observations are scarce thus far, mainly because of the very faint large scale radio emission expected in clusters of galaxies. In the present contribution we will first review the status of the radio observations of clusters of galaxies, carried out with the aim of detecting large scale radio emission.

We will then focus on the large scale radio emission detected at 327 MHz and 610 MHz in the Coma cluster of galaxies. The features of the detected radio emission suggest that a magnetic field with an intensity of the order of ~ 10−7 Gauss must be present on a scale of about 2 Mpc (forH o = 100km s−1Mpc−1). The morphology of the radio emission is similar to that of the most recent X-ray images derived with ROSAT, and follows the distribution of the galaxies in the cluster. All these pieces of information will be taken into account in the discussion on the possible origin of this large scale magnetic field.

Key words

Magnetic Fields Clusters of Galaxies Coma Cluster 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Venturi
    • 1
  • G. Giovannini
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto di RadioastronomiaCNRBolognaItaly

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