Since 2002 Perimeter Institute has been recording seminars, conference talks, and public outreach events using video cameras installed in our lecture theatres. Perimeter now has 7 formal presentation spaces for its many scientific conferences, seminars, workshops and educational outreach activities, all with advanced audio-visual technical capabilities. Recordings of events in these areas are all available On-Demand from this Video Library and on Perimeter Institute Recorded Seminar Archive (PIRSA). PIRSA is a permanent, free, searchable, and citable archive of recorded seminars from relevant bodies in physics. This resource has been partially modelled after Cornell University's arXiv.org.
In 2001 we made an unexpected discovery of a very bright SZ spot toward the X-ray luminous cluster RXJ1347-1145, which was significantly displaced from the center of the cluster's gravitational potential. One of the possible interpretations is that this spot is a signature of a violent merger in this cluster. This sypothesis has been confirmed by the subsequent Chandra X-ray observations. In this talk I will report on recent results from our follow-up observation of XJ1347-1145 with Suzaku X-ray telescope.
The coming era of large, multi-wavelength surveys motivates and, ultimately, will inform a multivariate statistical framework describing cluster properties in relation to underlying halo mass and redshift. In this talk, I will present work at Michigan that focuses on a multivariate Gaussian likelihood approach to this problem, and includes empirical studies using optical and X-ray observations of the SDSS maxbcg sample as well as a computational program using Gadget resimulations of the Millennium Simulation with preheated gas dynamics.
The Sunyaev Zel'dovich effect is expected to be one of the major contaminants at arcminutes scales in CMB analysis. I will present a method we developed at IAS to quantify the biases on parameter determination when any additive signal is not taken into account in the analysis. I will then present an application of this method in order to quantify the biases induced on cosmological parameter estimation when the SZ residuals are not properly taken into account in the analysis of the CMB.
In 2008, the Atacama Cosmology Telescope began its first full season observing a strip of the southern sky in three millimeter-wave bands. We present preliminary maps at 145 GHz featuring some SZ clusters.
The South Pole Telescope (SPT) is a 10-meter diameter telescope with a 960 element millimeter-wavelength bolometric receiver, which is in the midst of its third season of observations at the South Pole. The SPT has been optimized for measurements of the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (SZ) effect in galaxy clusters. With this instrument, we are surveying the southern sky to create a mass limited catalog of galaxy clusters out to the epoch of their formation.
As observations of clusters through their SZ imprint on the CMB becomes more routine, it is now feasible to add this signal to the set of observables we use to study galaxy clusters. Using the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Array (SZA), we are pursuing a variety of programs to investigate the correlation between cluster properties and their SZ signatures. I will present early results from these comparisons. The SZA is also a unique tool for resolved SZ imaging as part of the 23-element CARMA interferometer.