PI: David Rafferty, Ohio University, email@example.com
Address: Astrophysical Institute / Department of Physics and Astronomy, Clippinger Labs, Athens, OH 45701, USA
CoI: Brian McNamara, Ohio University
CoI: Paul Nulsen, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
CoI: Mike Wise, MIT Center for Space Research
Title: Supergiant X-ray Cavities and AGN Feedback in a Distant Galaxy
Abstract: The redshift z=0.22 galaxy cluster MS0735.6+7421 is experiencing the largest and most powerful interaction known between a radio source and the intracluster medium (ICM). The radio jets emerging from the cD galaxy's active nucleus (AGN) have created large-scale shocks and a pair of cavities, each 200 kpc in diameter, in the cluster's X-ray atmosphere. The energy involved approaches 10^62 erg, equivalent to a very powerful quasar. \it Chandra images have shown that similar, albeit much smaller, interactions in other systems compress and heat the gas, and there is growing evidence in other cavity systems that cool, low-entropy gas is being uplifted and redistributed throughout clusters. In some clusters, star formation and cool (10^4 K) gas are found along the edges of the radio lobes and cavities. We propose to obtain deep H(alpha) and \textitU-, \textitR-, and \textitI-band images of the cluster to examine the relationships between cool gas, star formation, and the cavity and shock systems. The proposed observations will provide constraints on the feedback process that appears to be operating in cooling flow clusters, and will provide a map of the nebular emission and young stars for future spectroscopic investigations.
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