Merging Processes in Galaxy Clusters

  • L. Feretti
  • I. M. Gioia
  • G. Giovannini

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 272)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Craig L. Sarazin
    Pages 1-38
  3. Marisa Girardi, Andrea Biviano
    Pages 39-77
  4. David A. Buote
    Pages 79-107
  5. W. Forman, C. Jones, M. Markevitch, A. Vikhlinin, E. Churazov
    Pages 109-132
  6. Hans Böringer, Peter Schuecker
    Pages 133-162
  7. Luigina Feretti, Tiziana Venturi
    Pages 163-195
  8. Gabriele Giovannini, Luigina Feretti
    Pages 197-227
  9. August E. Evrard, Isabella M. Gioia
    Pages 253-304
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 305-320

About this book


Mergers are the mechanisms by which galaxy clusters are assembled through the hierarchical growth of smaller clusters and groups. Major cluster mergers are the most energetic events in the Universe since the Big Bang. Many of the observed properties of clusters depend on the physics of the merging process. These include substructure, shock, intra cluster plasma temperature and entropy structure, mixing of heavy elements within the intra cluster medium, acceleration of high-energy particles, formation of radio halos and the effects on the galaxy radio emission.

This book reviews our current understanding of cluster merging from an observational and theoretical perspective, and is appropriate for both graduate students and researchers in the field.


Big Bang Galaxy Universe cosmology galaxies

Editors and affiliations

  • L. Feretti
    • 1
  • I. M. Gioia
    • 1
  • G. Giovannini
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto di Radioastronomia CNRBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Physics DepartmentUniversity of BolognaItaly

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