A search for infrared emission from intracluster dust in Abell 2029

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We have searched for IR emission from the intracluster dust (ICD) in the galaxy cluster A2029. Weak signals of enhanced extended emission in the cluster are detected at 24 and 70 μm. However, the signals are indistinguishable from the foreground fluctuations. The 24 μm versus 70 μm color map does not discriminate the dust emission in the cluster from the cirrus emission. After excluding the contamination from the point sources, we obtain upper limits for the extended ICD emission in A2029, 5 × 103 Jy sr-1 at 14 μm and 5 × 104 Jy sr-1 1 70 μm. The upper limits are generally consistent with the expectation from theoretical calculations and support a dust deficiency in the cluster compared to the interstellar medium (ISM) of our Galaxy. Our results suggest that even with the much improved sensitivity of current IR telescopes, a clear detection of the IR emission from ICD may be difficult due to cirrus noise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L5-L8
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 PART 2
StatePublished - 2007


  • Galaxies: Clusters: General
  • Galaxies: Clusters: Individual (Abell 2029)
  • Infrared: General
  • Intergalactic medium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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