K-band Properties of Galaxy Clusters and Groups: Brightest Cluster Galaxies and Intracluster Light

@article{Lin2004KbandPO,
  title={K-band Properties of Galaxy Clusters and Groups: Brightest Cluster Galaxies and Intracluster Light},
  author={Yen-Ting Lin and Joseph J. Mohr},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2004},
  volume={617},
  pages={879 - 895}
}
We investigate the near-infrared K-band properties of the brightest cluster galaxies (BCGs) in a sample of 93 X-ray galaxy clusters and groups, using data from the Two Micron All Sky Survey. Our cluster sample spans a factor of 70 in mass, making it sensitive to any cluster mass-related trends. We derive the cumulative radial distribution for the BCGs in the ensemble and find that 70% of the BCGs are centered in the cluster to within 5% of the virial radius r200; this quantifies earlier… 

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