A shock front at the radio relic of Abell 2744

D. Eckert*, M. Jauzac, F. Vazza, M. S. Owers, J. P. Kneib, C. Tchernin, H. Intema, K. Knowles

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    Radio relics are Mpc-scale diffuse radio sources at the peripheries of galaxy clusters which are thought to trace outgoing merger shocks. We present XMM-Newton and Suzaku observations of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744 (z = 0.306), which reveal the presence of a shock front 1.5 Mpc east of the cluster core. The surface-brightness jump coincides with the position of a known radio relic. Although the surface-brightness jump indicates a weak shock with a Mach number M=1.7-0.3+0.5, the plasma in the post-shock region has been heated to a very high temperature (~13 keV) by the passage of the shock wave. The low-acceleration efficiency expected from such a weak shock suggests that mildly relativistic electrons have been re-accelerated by the passage of the shock front.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1302-1307
    Number of pages6
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2016


    • Galaxies: clusters: individual: A2744
    • X-rays: galaxies: clusters


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