Clusters of Galaxies

  • H. BÖhringer
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 187)


Clusters of galaxies, as the largest, well-defined astronomical objects, are interesting giant astrophysical laboratories and important probes for the large scale structure of the Universe. In X-rays they can be observed and studied as whole entities. In particular, recent X-ray observations with the ROSAT Observatory have advanced our understanding of the dynamical structure and the mass distribution in clusters. The Sunyaev-Zel’dovich effect makes use of the intracluster plasma to determine cosmological distances independent of the traditional cosmological distance ladder.

Key words

Clusters of galaxies Cosmology X-ray astronomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. BÖhringer
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  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische PhysikGarchingGermany

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