Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Publication Title

The Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series

Abstract

We present the galaxy cluster catalog from the second, larger phase of the Wide Angle ROSAT Pointed Survey (WARPS), an X-ray selected survey for high-redshift galaxy clusters. WARPS is among the largest deep X-ray cluster surveys and is being used to study the properties and evolution of galaxy clusters. The WARPS-II sample contains 125 clusters serendipitously detected in a survey of 301 ROSAT PSPC pointed observations and covers a sky area of 56.7 deg2. Of these 125 clusters, 53 have not been previously reported in the literature. We have nearly complete spectroscopic follow-up of the clusters, which range in redshift from z = 0.029 to z = 0.92 with a median redshift of z = 0.29 and find 59 clusters with z ≥ 0.3 (29 not previously reported in the literature) and 11 clusters with z ≥ 0.6 (6 not previously reported). We also define a statistically complete subsample of 102 clusters above a uniform flux limit of 6.5 × 10−14 ergs cm −2 s−1 (0.5-2.0 keV). Here we provide the cluster catalog and finder charts consisting of X-ray overlays on optical CCD images. We also compare our redshifts, fluxes, and detection methods to other similar published cluster surveys and find no serious issues with our measurements or completeness.

DOI

10.1086/529494

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