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From intracluster medium dynamics to particle acceleration

The intracluster medium (ICM) is a hot, tenuous and X-ray emitting gas that pervades galaxy clusters.

Zhang, X.
29 juni 2022
Thesis in Leiden Repository

Meanwhile, extended synchrotron sources, i.e., radio relics and radio halos are frequently observed in galaxy cluster, for which the two widely accepted particle acceleration are shock acceleration and turbulent acceleration, respectively. Both of these scenarios are due to ICM motions, which means that X-ray observations of the ICM are fundamental for quantifying shock wave and turbulence properties to test the acceleration models. This thesis focuses on X-ray observations of galaxy clusters, and covers topics from ICM shock - radio relic connection to turbulence - radio halo connection. The new observational evidences further support the two acceleration scenario.

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