The Evolution of Cluster Substructure
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The Evolution of Cluster Substructure


Using Chandra archival data, we have begun a study to quantify the evolution of cluster morphology with redshift. To quantify cluster morphology, we use the power ratio method developed by Buote and Tsai (1995). Power ratios are constructed from moments of the two-dimensional gravitational potential and are, therefore, related to a cluster's dynamical state. Our sample will include around 50 clusters from the Chandra archive with redshifts between 0.11 and 1.1. These clusters were selected from two fairly complete flux-limited X-ray surveys (the ROSAT Bright Cluster Sample and the Einstein Medium Sensitivity Survey), and additional high-redshift clusters were selected from recent ROSAT flux-limited surveys. Here we present preliminary results from the first 15 clusters in this sample. Of these, eight have redshifts below 0.5, and seven have redshifts above 0.5.

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