Evolution in cluster cores since z ∼ 1

Burke, Claire and Collins, Chris and Stott, John and Hilton, Matt (2012) Evolution in cluster cores since z ∼ 1. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 8 (S295). pp. 172-173. ISSN 1743-9213

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A large fraction of the stellar mass in galaxy clusters is thought to be contained in the diffuse low surface brightness intracluster light (ICL). Being bound to the gravitational potential of the cluster rather than any individual galaxy, the ICL contains much information about the evolution of its host cluster and the interactions between the galaxies within. However due its low surface brightness it is notoriously difficult to study. We present the first detection and measurement of the flux contained in the ICL at z ∼ 1. We find that the fraction of the total cluster light contained in the ICL may have increased by factors of 2-4 since z ∼ 1, in contrast to recent findings for the lack of mass and scale size evolution found for brightest cluster galaxies. Our results suggest that late time build-up in cluster cores may occur more through stripping than merging and we discuss the implications of our results for hierarchical simulations.

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Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
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