Distant galaxy clusters in the XMM Large Scale Structure survey

J. P. Willis, N. Clerc, M. N. Bremer, M. Pierre, C. Adami, O. Ilbert, B. Maughan, S. Maurogordato, F. Pacaud, I. Valtchanov, L. Chiappetti, K. Thanjavur, S. Gwyn, E. R. Stanway, C. Winkworth

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(Abridged) Distant galaxy clusters provide important tests of the growth of large scale structure in addition to highlighting the process of galaxy evolution in a consistently defined environment at large look back time. We present a sample of 22 distant (z>0.8) galaxy clusters and cluster candidates selected from the 9 deg2 footprint of the overlapping X-ray Multi Mirror (XMM) Large Scale Structure (LSS), CFHTLS Wide and Spitzer SWIRE surveys. Clusters are selected as extended X-ray sources with an accompanying overdensity of galaxies displaying optical to mid-infrared photometry consistent with z>0.8. Nine clusters have confirmed spectroscopic redshifts in the interval 0.8z0.8z 0.8 clusters.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Accepted by MNRAS, 25 pages, 15 figures


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