Carnegie Observatories Astrophysics Series, Vol. 3: Clusters of Galaxies: Probes of Cosmological Structure and Galaxy Evolution, ed. J. S. Mulchaey, A. Dressler, and A. Oemler (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press)
astro-ph/0307150

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X-RAY SURVEYS OF LOW-REDSHIFT CLUSTERS

Alastair C. Edge


Institute for Computational Cosmology, University of Durham


Abstract. The selection of clusters of galaxies through their X-ray emission has proved to be an extremely powerful technique over the past four decades. The growth of X-ray astronomy has provided the community with a steadily more detailed view of the intracluster medium in clusters. In this review I will assess how far X-ray surveys of clusters have progressed and how far they still have to travel.


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
In the Beginning...
The End of the First Age of X-ray Astronomy?

X-RAY IMAGING BEGINS WITH EINSTEIN
Detailed Imaging and Spectra
The EMSS

THE X-RAY DARK AGES
ROSAT All-Sky Survey
ROSAT Pointed Observations

THE MIDDLE AGE OF X-RAY ASTRONOMY?
ASCA Observations
The Unfulfilled Potential of ABRIXAS
Chandra and XMM-Newton

CAN "EDGE'S LAW" HOLD?

CONCLUSIONS

A CODA

REFERENCES

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