arXiv:0805.3582v1 [astro-ph] 23 May 2008
Constraint of Non-thermal X-ray Emission from the
On-going Merger Cluster Abell 3376 with Suzaku
Naomi Kawano1, Yasushi Fukazawa1, Sho Nishino1, Kazuhiro Nakazawa2,
Takao Kitaguchi2, Kazuo Makishima2,5, Tadayuki Takahashi3,
Motohide Kokubun3, Naomi Ota3, Takaya Ohashi4, Naoki Isobe5,
J. Patrick Henry6, and Ann Hornschemeier7
1Department of Physical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-3-1 Kagamiyama,
Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-8526
2Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-0033
3Department of High Energy Astrophysics, Institute of Space and
Astronomical Science (ISAS), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA),
3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 229-8510
4Department of Physics, Tokyo Metropolitan University,
1-1 Minami-Osawa, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397
5Cosmic Radiation Laboratory, The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN),
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198
6Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai’i, 2680 Woodlawn Drive,
Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
7Exploration of the Universe Division, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC),
Greenbelt, MD, 20771, USA
(Received 2007 0; accepted 2008 0)
Clusters of galaxies are among the best candidates for particle acceleration sources
in the universe, a signature of which is non-thermal hard X-ray emission from the
accelerated relativistic particles. We present early results on Suzaku observations
of non-thermal emission from Abell 3376, which is a nearby on-going merger clus-
ter. Suzaku observed the cluster twice, focusing on the cluster center containing the
diffuse radio emission to the east, and cluster peripheral region to the west. For
both observations, we detect no excess hard X-ray emission above the thermal cluster
emission. An upper limit on the non-thermal X-ray flux of 2.1×10−11erg cm−2s−1
(15–50 keV) at the 3σ level from a 34×34 arcmin2region, derived with the Hard X-
ray Detector (HXD), is similar to that obtained with the BeppoSAX/PDS. Using the
X-ray Imaging Spectrometer (XIS) data, the upper limit on the non-thermal emission
from the West Relic is independently constrained to be < 1.1×10−12erg s−1cm−2
(4−8 keV) at the 3σ level from a 122 arcmin2region. Assuming Compton scattering
between relativistic particles and the cosmic microwave background (CMB) photons,
the intracluster magnetic field B is limited to be >0.03µG (HXD) and >0.10µG (XIS).
Key words: galaxies: clusters: individual (Abell 3376) – X-rays: galaxies – X-
rays: non-thermal emission
Particle acceleration is one of the most exciting phenomena in clusters of galaxies. In
fact, Mpc-scale diffuse synchrotron emission has been reported for many clusters of galaxies (e.g.
Giovannini et al. 1993), implying that the relativistic electrons surely exist. A natural origin
of acceleration in clusters is merger shocks. The electrons, accelerated to relativistic speeds by
a strong cluster merger (e.g. Takizawa & Naito 2000; Fujita & Sarazin 2001), scatter off the
cosmic microwave background (CMB) photons via the inverse Compton process. This causes
non-thermal hard X-ray emission which may exceed the thermal bremsstrahlung emission of the
intracluster medium (ICM) at energies above several tens of keV. Studies of inverse Compton
emission in addition to the radio synchrotron are important to measure the energy densities of
the magnetic field and electrons without assuming equipartition. Since the cooling time of such
high energy electrons is relatively short, ∼108yr, they vanish rapidly during cluster evolution.
Another mechanism to produce a nonthermal electron population is via proton-proton collisions
between the relativistic protons and the ICM protons. In this case, the relativistic electrons can
be provided for a long time because the lifetime of relativistic protons is comparable to that of
galaxy cluster (∼H−1
Contribution of non-thermal pressure to the thermal one is also an important question, since
it could affect the cluster mass estimation under the assumption of hydrostatic equilibrium.
Accordingly, hard X-ray and gamma-ray measurements of non-thermal cluster emission are
important issues and so far many attempts have been performed. Furthermore, the launch of
the GLAST satellite scheduled in 2008 will improve the GeV gamma-ray survey in the near
Some detections of non-thermal hard X-rays of varying levels of significance have been
reported by the BeppoSAX/PDS, ASCA/GIS, and RXTE/PCA. Individual detections have
been reported of the Coma cluster (Fusco-Femiano et al.
et al. 2000), Abell 2199 (Kaastra et al.1999), Abell 3667 (Fusco-Femiano et al.
and HCG 62 (Fukazawa et al. 2001, Nakazawa et al. 2007). From the systematic analysis of
27 clusters using BeppoSAX PDS data, a possible excess signal of non-thermal emission was
reported for 7 galaxy clusters with >2 σ level (Nevalainen et al.
X-ray luminosity of these clusters is in a range of (0.17−42)×1043erg s−1, which corresponds
0 ). Such protons may also cause a gamma-ray emission through π0decays.
1999), Abell 2256 (Fusco-Femiano
2004). The reported hard
to 1−20 % of the thermal luminosity. The spatial distribution is as important to understand
the non-thermal view of galaxy clusters as is spectral information. However, the spatial extent
of the non-thermal hard X-ray emission has not been measured yet.
Abell 3376 (DC 0559-40) is a nearby (z =0.046), rich cluster of galaxy. A binary sub-
cluster merger is occurring in this cluster, and a weak positive hard X-ray signal (2.7 σ) with
the BeppoSAX/PDS was reported by Nevalainen et al.
of this cluster is a pair of Mpc scale radio relics (Bagchi et al.
The 1.4 GHz radio flux densities of two relics from the VLA NVSS are 32±3 mJy and 82±5
mJy for the east (ER) and the west relic (WR), respectively. Radio relics are considered to
be synchrotron emission generated through the interaction between electrons accelerated by
merger shock and magnetic field in the ICM, implying that the relativistic electrons really exist
in this cluster. The giant ringlike structure of the radio relics imply a strong shock wave which
could accelerate particles up to 1018−19eV (Bagchi et al. 2006). The thermal properties of this
cluster have been observed with ROSAT, ASCA, Chandra, and XMM-Newton. The ICM tem-
perature reported by XMM-newton (Bagchi et al. 2006) is moderately low (∼4 keV), similar
to that of the ASCA observation (Fukazawa et al. 2004), and we can therefore search for the
non-thermal emission by avoiding thermal component in the energy band above 10 keV. From
these properties, Abell 3376 emerged as a good candidate to search for the non-thermal hard
X-ray emission. In this paper, we present early results of Suzaku observation of Abell 3376,
focusing on the non-thermal hard X-ray emission.
The Si-PIN diode (PIN) in the Hard X-ray detector (HXD; Takahashi et al.
Kokubun et al. 2007) onboard Suzaku has a very low background in the 10−30 keV band; the
background count rate normalized by the effective area is smaller than any past instrument.
In addition, its narrow field of view (34′×34′full width at half maximum, FWHM), compared
with the BeppoSAX/PDS (1.3◦hexagonal FWHM) and RXTE/PCA (1◦hexagonal FWHM),
yields several advantages. First, the confusion from hard point sources is reduced, as is the
contribution of the ICM thermal emission, and finally the non-thermal emission may be localized
better. Suzaku also employs the X-ray Imaging Spectrometer (XIS; Koyama et al. 2007), which
consists of one back-illuminated (BI) CCD chip (XIS1), and three front-illuminated (FI) CCD
chips (XIS0, 2, 3). Since the XIS also achieves the lowest background level of any previous
X-ray CCD, it is useful to constrain the hard X-ray emission.
Throughout this paper, we adopt a Hubble constant of H0=50 h50km s−1Mpc−1, which
implies that 1′corresponds to 80.3 kpc in the cluster rame. All statistical errors are given at
the 90 % confidence level unless otherwise indicated.
(2004). Another remarkable feature
2005; Bagchi et al. 2006).
2. Observations and Data Reduction
Two long observations of Abell 3376 were carried out on October 6–10 and November
7–10, 2005, in Suzaku Phase-I period (i.e. initial performance verification period). The former
observation included the cD galaxy and the ER. The latter one focused on the WR, which is
∼25’ west of the cD galaxy. The details of each observation are shown in Table 1. Both the
XIS and HXD were operated in the normal mode. Figure 1 shows an X-ray image of Abell
3376 obtained with the XIS in the 0.5−8.0 keV band. The thermal emission has an X-ray peak
around the cD galaxy and is elongated due to the subcluster merging as observed with previous
satellites (Bagchi et al. 2005; Bagchi et al. 2006).
We used version 1.2 pipeline processing data (Mitsuda et al.
reduction was performed with HEAsoft version 6.2. For the HXD data, events are filtered with
a cut-off rigidity (COR) of > 6 GeV c−1, elevation angle of > 5◦from the earth rim, and good
time interval (GTI) during which the satellite is outside the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA).
Moreover, we eliminate the periods (∼500 s) when the PIN count rate is flaring due to in-orbit
particles. After these procedures, a net PIN exposure time of 90 ks and 103 ks was obtained for
the Center/ER and WR pointing, respectively. We applied ae hxd pinhxnom 20060419.rmf
for the HXD response matrix. The PIN detector background is estimated by our own method
rather than the standard model, as described in §3.1. We do not present the GSO data in this
paper, since no significant signal is detected.
Selection criteria are different for the XIS compared to the HXD only in the respect
that the earth elevation angle of > 20◦is applied. We also examined the 0.5−8 keV light curve
with 128 s time bin to remove the flaring periods of the event rate higher than ±3σ above
the average. The resulting exposure times become 120 ks and 127 ks for the Center/ER and
WR observations, respectively. We generated the response matrix files with the xisrmfgen
FTOOLS task, and the auxiliary response files with the xissimarfgen FTOOLS task (Ishisaki
et al. 2007). The latter takes into account the vignetting effect and corrects the efficiency
degradation in the lower energy band due to contamination on the optical blocking filters in
front of the XIS (Koyama et al. 2007). The ROSAT PSPC image of Abell 3376 was used as
the seed image in the xissimarfgen, and also the regions of extracted spectra are taken into
account. The detector background is estimated by the FTOOLS task xisntebgdgen (Tawa et
al. 2007). We performed spectral fits in the energy range of 0.3−8.0 keV and 0.5−8.0 keV for
the XIS BI and the FI, respectively. The energy range of 1.7−1.9 keV is ignored in the spectral
fitting of XIS because the response matrix around Si-K edge has some residual uncertainties.
All the spectral analyses were performed with XSPEC 11.2.0.
2007), and the data
Table 1. Suzaku observation log of Abell 3376
Position Sequence No.Date RA, DECExposure time∗
Center/East Relic100034010 2005 Oct. 6–1006h02m15.0s, -39◦57′00.0′′
90 ks / 120 ks
West Relic800011010 2005 Nov. 7–1006h00m00.0s, -40◦01′58.8′′
103 ks / 127 ks
*: The net exposure time of HXD/XIS after the events are screened.
06 02 00
06 01 00 06 00 00
-40 10 00
-40 00 00
-39 50 00
Fig. 1. Suzaku XIS image of Abell 3376 in the 0.5–8 keV band. All the BI and FI data from the two
pointings are combined. The corner regions illuminated by the calibration source are excluded. The large
squares represent the HXD-PIN field of view with a FWHM of 34′×34′.
3. Data Analysis and Results
3.1. Spectral Analysis
3.1.1. HXD Spectra
First, we explore the non-thermal emission with the HXD PIN spectrum. Five compo-
nents are here considered; ICM thermal emission, cosmic X-ray background (CXB), non-X-ray
detector background (NXB), point sources, and possible non-thermal emission. Among these
components, NXB contribution to the total counts is the highest. Therefore, it is most impor-
tant to predict the NXB as accurately as possible for detection of faint non-thermal emission.
The HXD team has officially supplied the NXB model for the PIN, which reproduces the NXB
by sorting the earth-occultation data-base with two parameters; PINUD count and PINUD
build-up count. The latter is a convolution of PINUD with an exponential function with an
appropriate decay constant, in order to represent the activation-induced gamma-rays due to
the SAA passage. Since this component is non-negligible for a day or so after the SAA passage,
the PINUD count history just before the observation is needed to model the background of
that observation. Unfortunately, the satellite telemetry data was not received for almost a day
before the observation of A3376 WR (Nov 7–10, 2005), consequently the PINUD data are not
available for that time period. Thus, the official NXB background model is not accurate, and
here we apply an alternative background estimation. Our estimation method is based on the
NXB count rate map sorted by latitude and longitude on the earth for the satellite position. We
used earth occultation data as the NXB template. After the long-term variation is corrected,
the NXB uncertainty finally becomes ∼2% at the 1σ level, which is a similar reproducibility to
that of the official NXB model. The details of our NXB estimation method and its systematic
uncertainty are described in Appendix 1.1. Further details are given in Kawano (2006). As a
result, our NXB is consistent with the official NXB within their systematic errors even for the
We examine the possible non-thermal emission by estimating the contribution of the
other components to the NXB-subtracted spectra as follows. First for the ICM flux we used
that within 19 arcmin measured by the ASCA/GIS, 2.5×10−11erg cm−2s−1(0.5–10 keV)
(Fukazawa et al. 2004). Since XIS detected the emission up to 22 arcmin, we extrapolated the
above flux to 22 arcmin with a β-model with parameters obtained from the same ASCA/GIS
data, yielding 3.0×10−11erg cm−2s−1(0.5–10 keV). We used this value to normalize the X-ray
surface brightness from an archival ROSAT/PSPC image, then folded the result through the
PIN collimator transmission. The result is the total ICM flux that would be observed by the
PIN if it were sensitive in the 0.5–10 keV band: 2.1×10−11erg cm−2s−1and 1.5×10−11erg cm−2
s−1for the Center/ER and WR observation, respectively. We extrapolated the spectrum into
the PIN energy band assuming the spectral parameters in Fukazawa et al. (2004), obtaining
2.5×10−13erg cm−2s−1and 1.8×10−13erg cm−2s−1(15–50 keV) for the Center/ER and WR
observation, respectively. In order to check the consistency between PSPC/GIS and XIS, we
estimated the XIS flux for both Center/ER and WR observations with xissimarfgen by using
the same normalized PSPC image and assumed spectrum, confirming that the XIS flux and
the estimated one are consistent within 10%.
Second, we estimated the flux and spectral shape of the CXB from the observational
results of Kirsch et al. (2005). Specifically, we model the CXB spectrum by a powerlaw with
a photon index of 1.4 with a cut-off at 40 keV. The surface brightness is again folded through
the HXD field of view, yielding 6.9×10−12erg s−1cm−2in 15−50 keV.
Third, we used the ROSAT 2RXP catalogue1order to model the contribution of point
sources. This catalogue allows us to search for point sources over the whole HXD field of view.
We found 2 (4) sources in the HXD-PIN field of the Center/ER (WR) observation. Assuming
a powerlaw spectrum with photon index of 1.5 and the 2RXP normalization, the total point
source contribution to each pointing is quite small, 5.8 (8.2) ×10−13erg s−1cm−2(15−50 keV)
for the Center/ER (WR) region. The flux from obscured AGNs not detected by ROSAT is likely
to also be small, as discussed in Nevalainen et al. (2004). Since the current PIN response gives
a factor of 1.13 larger model normalization than the XIS response (Kokubun et al. 2007), we
multiplied the flux of all the above components by this factor.
Figure 2 shows the NXB-subtracted spectra of the HXD PIN, together with each model
component. We find a weak hard X-ray excess above 15 keV for Abell 3376 WR. When we
assumed the excess emission to be a power-law with a photon index of 2.0, its flux is (7.2 ±
2.4) ×10−12erg s−1cm−2(15−50 keV) at the 90% confidence level after the flux of the other
components are excluded.
We estimated the systematic uncertainty of each spectral component in order to deter-
mine whether the excess is significant. Fluxes are reported in the 15−50 keV range hereafter.
The PIN NXB has a systematic uncertainty of 2 % at the 1σ level as mentioned above. This
gives the largest uncertainty, which corresponds to ∼2.8×10−12erg s−1cm−2. For the ICM
emission, the uncertainty of the flux (i.e. normalization) comes from modeling the surface
brightness profile and assumption of the uniform temperature distribution. However, the ICM
emission is much softer and fainter than the excess hard X-ray emission, and thus the ICM flux
uncertainty cannot explain the excess emission. The systematic uncertainty of the CXB (σCXB)
arises from two reasons; an intrinsic intensity fluctuation on the sky (Kushino et al.
and a systematic uncertainty of the normalization in past measurements. The fluctuation is
calculated by scaling the HEAO-1 result of 2.8 % with the equation σCXB∝ Ω−0.5S0.25(Condon
1974), where Ω = 15.8 deg2and S ∼ 8×10−11ergcm−2s−1are the effective solid angle of the
observation and upper cut-off flux of the detectable discrete sources in the field of view, respec-
tively. In the case of the HXD (Ω = 34′×34′, and S ∼ 8×10−12ergcm−2s−1), the systematic
fluctuation of the CXB is calculated to be 9.2% (1σ) of CXB flux. The normalization uncer-
tainty is around 10% when we survey past measurements (Kirsch et al. 2005), corresponding
to ∼0.8×10−12erg s−1cm−2. Finally, for point sources, we consider the sum of the statistical
errors of each point source obtained from ROSAT 2RXP catalogue as the systematic uncer-
tainty. This gives a fluctuation of at most ∼0.04 ×10−12erg s−1cm−2(1σ). In summary,
the dominant error source is the uncertainty of the PIN NXB estimation. We combined these
systematic errors by summing squares.
Considering all the systematic uncertainties, the hard X-ray flux of A3376 WR is (7.2
± 4.8 ± 8.8) ×10−12erg s−1cm−2at the 3σ confidence level, where a photon index of 2.0 is
assumed. Therefore, the non-thermal X-ray emission is not significant. The 3σ upper limit is
2.1×10−11erg s−1cm−2, by adding both the statistical and systematic errors at that level. In
the same manner, the hard X-ray flux of A3376 ER is (3.2 ± 2.4 ± 8.8) ×10−12erg s−1cm−2at
the 3σ confidence level, and the 3σ upper-limit flux for the Center/ER observation is derived
to be 1.4×10−11erg s−1cm−2; . The flux detected with BeppoSAX/PDS is (8.0±8.9)×10−12
(3σ error) when scaled to the energy band of 15–50 keV by a power-law model with a photon
index of 2.0 (Nevalainen et al. 2004), and thus the upper limit is similar to our results. Note
that our constraint per unit solid angle, 1.8×10−14erg cm−2s−1arcmin−2, is for a smaller
sky region of 34′×34′around the WR, while the BeppoSAX upper limit per unit solid angle,
2.8×10−15erg cm−2s−1arcmin−2, is for a larger sky region of 78′×78′.
The highest energy channels of the XIS are useful for searching for non-thermal emission
in the periphery of clusters of galaxies since the XIS achieves the lowest NXB among the existing
CCD detectors. We here present the results from the XIS spectral analysis. We first created
the XIS NXB spectra by means of the background generator xisntebgdgen, in which the NXB
Fig. 2. NXB-subtracted HXD PIN spectra from Abell 3376 Center/ER (left) and WR (right). The black
crosses show NXB-subtracted data while the solid lines correspond to the contribution of CXB (yellow),
thermal ICM (green), point sources (blue), and their sum (red), respectively.
spectrum for the same detector region as the on-source spectra is estimated from the night earth
observation database, based on the history of the COR in each observation. The reproducibility
of the XIS NXB seems to be somewhat different among the four sensors (XIS0−3), and it is
reported to be 2.8−4.4 % (1 σ) in the 5–12 keV band (Tawa et al. 2007).
The CXB spectrum is modeled by a power-law with a photon index of 1.4. We utilized
the spectrum of the west region of WR, where the cluster emission is negligible, to measure the
CXB normalization. We generated the auxiliary response files with xissimarfgen, assuming
that the incident emission is spatially uniform and comes from a circle with 20 arcmin radius,
combined with the integration region on the detector for the above spectrum. The spectrum
at the west region of WR is completely consistent with the model in the high energy band, but
additional low-temperature thermal emission, which is due to the Galactic emission, is needed
in the lower energy band. We fitted these components by adding a two-temperature APEC
plasma model of solar abundance, obtaining temperatures of 0.08 keV and 0.28 keV and the
normalization for both. Then, we modeled the emission for the on-source region of the A3376
integration by preparing the auxiliary response file for that region and folding the above CXB
and Galactic emission model through the XIS. We subtracted the thus-obtained background
spectra and the NXB spectrum from the on-source spectra.
Figure 3 shows the hard band image in the 4−8 keV band for both Abell 3376 Center/ER
and WR. A blank-sky image, extracted from the Lockman Hole observed on May 7, 2006, is
subtracted as the background data from Abell 3376 source image. The 1.4 GHz radio contours
are superposed. The cluster in the hard band exhibits an elongated appearance similar to that
in the total band (Figure 1) or low energy band image, and there is no remarkable feature
associated with the radio emission. The spectra of Abell 3376 are extracted from the full field
of view of the XIS after excluding the calibration source region for the Center/ER observation,
and from a hexagon region with a width of 6′covering the radio relic for the WR observation
Fig. 3. Suzaku XIS image of Abell 3376 in the 4–8 keV band. All the images of XIS0−3 are merged.
The 1.4 GHz radio contours of NVSS are superposed. Two magenta circles indicate the positions of point
sources in the XIS field of view. The square represents the region of projection analysis. The hexagon
represents the integration region for spectral analysis of the West Relic.
(Figure 3). Using the ROSAT PSPC image, we estimated the stray light from the bright cluster
center to the WR region with xissimarfgen, and found that it is only 25%. The stray light
contribution itself is already included in the arf files and the center and the WR spectra are
similar. Before constraining the nonthermal emission, we first fitted the Abell 3376 spectra
with a single temperature APEC plasma model, without an extra power-law component. The
summary of the spectral fitting is shown in table 2 and figure 4. The ICM temperature and
metal abundance of the Center/ER region are roughly consistent with the ASCA and XMM-
Newton results (Fukazawa et al. 2004, Bagchi et al. 2005). On the other hand, the temperature
in the WR region is somewhat lower. Next we included a power-law model to represent the
nonthermal emission. The photon index is assumed to be 2.0 in the same manner as in the
PIN analysis. The power-law component is significantly required for the Center/ER spectra,
considering only the statistical error.
We consider the 3σ systematic error arising from the uncertainties of the response matrix,
background model, and ICM emission model, since the CXB fluctuations are at most 6% (3σ)
of the total flux. The first is 0.6 (0.05)×10−12erg s−1cm−2for the Center/ER (WR), by
assigning a 10% error to the response matrix (Serlemitsos et al.
the observed total flux. For the second, we took a systematic uncertainty of the XIS NXB as
10 % at the 3σ level, fitted the spectra by renormalizing the background by 0.9 and 1.1, and
obtained the error from the allowed power-law flux range; 0.2 ×10−12erg s−1cm−2for both the
center/ER and WR observation. The residual around 7 keV in the Center/ER spectra almost
disappears when the NXB level is raised by 5%. We estimate the error on the third by adding
another APEC component to the model, since this cluster is merging and possibly consists of a
2007) and taking 10% of
multi-temperature structure. For the center/ER spectra, this operation significantly improves
the fit and the residual in the higher energy band almost disappears; the systematic error is
2.0 (0.29) ×10−12erg s−1cm−2for the Center/ER (WR).
Taking into account the above systematic uncertainties, the flux of the power-law com-
ponent is constrained to be (1.1 ± 0.4 ± 2.0) ×10−12erg s−1cm−2and (4.6 ± 4.0 ± 2.9) ×10−13
erg s−1cm−2(4–8 keV) for the center/ER and WR, respectively, at 3σ level. The detection of
both observations is not significant, and therefore we obtain a 3σ upper limit on the power-law
flux in the 4–8 keV band: <3.5×10−12erg s−1cm−2(Center/ER), and <1.1×10−12erg s−1
cm−2(WR). When they are extrapolated to the PIN energy band, the upper limit in the 15–50
keV band is <6.1×10−12erg s−1cm−2(Center/ER), and <1.9×10−12erg s−1cm−2(WR). This
constraint gives a surface brightness per unit solid angle of <1.9×10−14erg s−1cm−2arcmin−2
(Center/ER), and <1.5×10−14erg s−1cm−2arcmin−2(WR), similar to that of the upper limit
of HXD-PIN for the WR, 1.6×10−14erg s−1cm−2, when considering the difference of the field
Since the Fe-K line may be affected by the non-thermal component, we fitted the XIS
spectrum only around the Fe-K band (6–7 keV) with a single-temperature plasma model. The
WR spectrum is too poor to perform such an analysis, and thus we here analyzed only the
center/ER spectrum. We see a weak signature of the H-like Fe-Kα line. However, the obtained
temperature of 4.6±0.5 keV is consistent with the value of the whole-band spectral fitting. No
significant deviation of the line ratio between He-like and H-like lines is observed. The upper
limit of the Fe-K line broadening is 1200 km s−1.
Fig. 4. Spectral fitting of XIS spectra from Abell 3376 Center/ER (left) and WR (right), with the ther-
mal plasma model. The red and black represent the XIS-BI and FI, respectively. The crosses show
background-subtracted data. The solid lines represent the best-fit model.
Table 2. Best-fit parameters for the XIS spectral fitting
Reduced χ2 ∗
Reduced χ2 ‡
4.12±0.050.29±0.011.32 (1581/1201)1.07 (1281/1200)(1.1±0.2)×10−12
3.81±0.330.22±0.10 1.08 (171/158) 1.00 (157/157)(4.6±2.0)×10−13
∗ : Results for the model that does not contain the nonthermal power-law component.
‡ : Reduced χ2for the model that contains the nonthermal power-law component.
† : Allowed flux of the power-law component in 4−8 keV, when it is included in the spectral fitting.
Here only the statistical error is shown.
3.2.Comparison of X-ray and Radio Image around the West Relic
In order to compare the X-ray and radio image quantitatively, we extracted the count
rate profiles along the east-west direction from the white square region in figure 3, and show the
profiles in figure 5 along with the 1.4 GHz radio profile. The X-ray profile is divided into three
energy bands; 1−2, 2−4, and 4−8 keV. The count rate is arbitrarily scaled so as to distinguish
the difference among profiles easily. Two magenta circles in figure 3 show the positions of
two point sources in the field of view. These are at pixels 1750 and 1970 in the profiles, and
correspond to local enhancements in the projected count rate. The X-ray emission exhibits
similar profiles among the three energy bands. The count rate ratio between 4–8 keV and 1–2
keV band is 0.94±0.06 and 0.83±0.21 in the range 1700–1900 pixels (off-WR) and 2000–2200
pixels (on-WR), respectively. This is consistent with the insignificant detection of nonthermal
emission in the spectral analysis. In addition, we note that there are no X-ray decrement in any
energy band at the WR, indicating that the nonthermal pressure of thr WR is much weaker
than that of thermal pressure.
Suzaku has observed Abell 3376 twice and constrained the non-thermal hard X-ray
emission. An upper limit on the excess emission above the thermal component obtained from
the HXD PIN spectrum from a 34′×34′(FWHM) region is <1.4×10−11erg s−1cm−2and
<2.1×10−11erg s−1cm−2(15−50 keV) for the center/ER and the WR, respectively. These are
similar to the BeppoSAX upper limit (Nevalainen et al. 2004). The XIS hard band spectrum
of a 122 arcmin2region around the WR also gives a tight upper limit of <1.1×10−12erg s−1
cm−2(4−8 keV). Thanks to the narrower field of view of the XIS and PIN compared to the
BeppoSAX/PDS, some constraints on the energy density of the magnetic field and relativistic
Fig. 5. X-ray count rate profiles in the 1−2 (black), 2−4 (red), and 4−8 (green) keV bands along the
east-west direction, extracted from the white square region in figure 3. The 1.4 GHz radio profile is also
plotted (light blue). Two point sources are located at pixels 1750 and 1970.
electrons can be obtained for a more limited region around the radio West Relic.
Assuming that the non-thermal emission originates from inverse Compton scattering of
the CMB photons by relativistic electrons with energy of γ ∼ 104−5, where γ is the Lorentz
factor, we can estimate a lower limit on the magnetic field by combining the X-ray results here
with the radio results. The 1.4 GHz integrated flux density of the Abell 3376 WR is 82±5 mJy
((Bagchi 2002. Then the radio synchrotron luminosity becomes Lsync=1.9×1040erg s−1, when
integrated over a frequency range of 1−5 GHz, assuming a photon index of Γ=2.0. The energy
density of the CMB is UCMB=4.2×10−13(1+z)4=5.0×10−13erg cm−3. Meanwhile, the upper
limits of the IC X-ray emission are LHXR< 2.4×1044erg s−1for the HXD (15−50 keV), and
LHXR<2.2×1043erg s−1for the XIS (2−10 keV), under the assumption that the photon index
is 2. These are shown in figure 6, together with the GLAST sensitivity limit. Using the relation
LHXR/Lsync= UCMB/UB(where UB=
for the HXD and B >0.10 µG for the XIS, which do not rule out the equipartition condition of
B ∼ 0.5–3 µG (Bagchi et al. 2006). The XIS gave a significant constraint on non-thermal X-ray
emission at the WR and yields an upper limit on the energy density of relativistic electrons in
the WR of 9.0×10−13erg cm−3or 2.9×10−13erg cm−3, assuming the electron energy index
of 3 or 2, respectively, and the minimum electron energy of γ ∼ 102, below which the Coulomb
losses are very fast. The thermal pressure around the WR is estimated from the temperature
(3.8 keV) obtained by the XIS in this region and the thermal electron density (∼1×10−4cm−3)
obtained with ASCA/GIS (Fukazawa et al. 2004), giving ∼ 1×10−12erg cm−3. Since there is
no apparent X-ray decrement at the WR, the non-thermal pressure is likely smaller than the
thermal pressure. In this case, the steep energy index of relativistic electrons around 3 is not
8πB2), the magnetic field is estimated to be B >0.03 µG
preferred if the minimum electron energy extends to γ = 102. The upper limit from the HXD
gives an independent measurement of the total amount of relativistic electrons not necessarily
emitting at 1.4 GHz radio band, but possibly at longer wavelengths. In the same way as the
XIS case, the non-thermal pressure by the relativistic electrons averaged over a cube of 2.7
Mpc on a side (34’ at the distance of A3376) is less than 4.6×10−13erg cm−3or 6.2×10−14
erg cm−3, assuming tan electron energy index of 3 or 2, respectively. These are much smaller
than the thermal pressure. This constraint is also valuable information if the magnetic field is
strong only in the WR but the relativistic electrons are widely distribute around the WR.
Other mechanisms of non-thermal X-ray emission that we can consider are non-thermal
bremsstrahlung and synchrotron. Since the former is very inefficient and will cause a large heat
input into the ICM rather than emitting hard X-rays (e.g. Petrosian 2001), we think it will
not be the dominant process for producing non-thermal hard X-rays in this particular cluster.
X-rays from the synchrotron process need very high energy electrons with γ ∼ 108. Since their
life time is very short, around 105year, primary electrons accelerated in situ are not realistic.
Secondary electrons decaying from primary protons are possible candidates. The current upper
limit on the X-ray to radio flux ratio allows an electron energy index of <2. In this case, GeV
gamma-rays from decays of π0s produced through protons and intracluster hot gas is expected
and GLAST can detect such emission (Blasi 2002), without violating the HXD result.
In the next decade, hard X-ray observations with much higher sensitivity above 10
keV will become available from implementing new technologies such as the hard X-ray imager
planned for the NeXT mission. Therefore, detection of hard X-ray emission is promising unless
the emission is very extended.
Fig. 6. Plot of the radio synchrotron and X-ray upper flux of A3376 WR non-thermal emission on the
Spectral Energy Distribution. The sensitivity limit of GLAST is also shown.
Suzaku has observed Abell 3376 to search for non-thermal emission in clusters of galaxies.
Thanks to the low background of the HXD PIN, a tight upper limit on the possible non-thermal
flux is obtained for the Abell 3376 WR region. The XIS produced an upper limit on the non-
thermal flux in the soft energy band (4−8 keV) for the first time. Although future improvements
in the NXB reproducibility will yield increased sensitivity, our result already demonstrates the
potential of the XIS and HXD/PIN to search for non-thermal emission from galaxy clusters.
Authors thank to Dr. J. Nevalainen for careful reading and many useful comments. NK
is supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship for Young
Scientists. JPH acknowledges support from NASA grant NNG06GC04G.
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Appendix 1. PIN NXB Estimation
We give a full description of the PIN NXB estimation used in this paper in Kawano
(2006). Here we briefly summarize it.
A.1.1. Estimation Method
The NXB of the PIN detector depends strongly on the COR and the activation after the
SAA passage (Kokubun et al. 2007). COR is the shielding power against charged particles in
units of GeV c−1, and the best parameter to predict the PIN NXB with good accuracy. Since
the COR changes as the satellite’s position above the earth changes, we first create PIN NXB
maps using the earth occultation data from September 2, 2005 to March 11, 2006. The total
exposure time is ∼2 Msec. The data are divided into 16 maps in eight energy band (0−11,
11−15, 15−20, 20−25, 25−32.5, 32.5−45, 45−70, 70−90 keV) and two kinds of orbital path
(with or without SAA passage). Each map is binned by 3×3 degree2so that one pixel typically
contains 100−200 counts. Examples of maps for SAA or non-SAA passage orbits in the 15−20
keV band are shown in figure 7. The clear difference of NXB pattern due to activation in the
SAA can be seen. When the time and position (i.e. latitude and longitude) are input, we
can estimate the PIN NXB from these maps. Figure 8 left (red circles) shows the fractional
residuals between the estimated PIN NXB and the observational data on sources sufficiently
faint to be undetectable with the PIN. The signal in these observations can be regarded as CXB
plus NXB. It is obvious that the residuals increase by ∼10 % as time goes by. This implies
that it is necessary to take into account the long-term variation of PIN NXB.
Based on the above, we then go back to the NXB (e.g. earth occultation data) light
curve and fit it with an empirical model including four time-variable component as follows,
BGD(t) = A×PINUD2+B ×PINUD
+ C ×
+ E ×(1+sin(2π×2.3×10−7×(t−F)))