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Analytical study on the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect for clusters of galaxies

Physical review D: Particles and fields 04/2009; 79(8). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.79.083005
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ABSTRACT Starting from a covariant formalism of the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect for the thermal and nonthermal distributions, we derive the frequency redistribution function identical to Wright’s method assuming the smallness of the photon energy (in the Thomson limit). We also derive the redistribution function in the covariant formalism in the Thomson limit. We show that two redistribution functions are mathematically equivalent in the Thomson limit, which is fully valid for the cosmic microwave background photon energies. We will also extend the formalism to the kinematical Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect. With the present formalism we will clarify the situation for the discrepancy existed in the higher-order terms of the kinematical Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect.

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