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A possible heating mechanism for the X-ray-emitting plasma within clusters of galaxies

Bingham, R. and Kellett, B. J. and De Angelis, U. and Tsytovich, V. N. and Shukla, P. K. (2013) A possible heating mechanism for the X-ray-emitting plasma within clusters of galaxies. Journal of Plasma Physics, 79 (4). pp. 447-450. ISSN 0022-3778

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Abstract

X-ray and extreme ultraviolet emission from galaxy clusters can be interpreted as thermal emission from a hot plasma gravitationally bound to the cluster and constituting a significant amount of the mass of the cluster. The origin of this plasma and its thermal energy content can be linked to the formation process through the theory of self-organization of these structures.