Observations of Metals in the Intra-Cluster Medium

  title={Observations of Metals in the Intra-Cluster Medium},
  author={Norbert Werner and Florence Durret and Takaya Ohashi and Sabine Schindler and Robert P. C. Wiersma},
  journal={Space Science Reviews},
Because of their deep gravitational potential wells, clusters of galaxies retain all the metals produced by the stellar populations of the member galaxies. Most of these metals reside in the hot plasma which dominates the baryon content of clusters. This makes them excellent laboratories for the study of the nucleosynthesis and chemical enrichment history of the Universe. Here we review the history, current possibilities and limitations of the abundance studies, and the present observational… 

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