First lensing measurements of SZ-detected clusters

Rachel N. McInnes, Felipe Menanteau, Alan F. Heavens, John P. Hughes, Raul Jimenez, Richard Massey, Patrick Simon, Andy Taylor

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We present the first lensing mass measurements of Sunyaev-Zel'dovich (SZ) selected clusters. Using optical imaging from the Southern Cosmology Survey (SCS), we present weak lensing masses for three clusters selected by their SZ emission in the South Pole Telescope (SPT) survey. We confirm that the SZ selection procedure is successful in detecting mass concentrations. We also study the weak lensing signals from 38 optically-selected clusters in ≃ 8 deg2 of the SCS survey. We fit Navarro, Frenk and White (NFW) profiles and find that the SZ clusters have amongst the largest masses, as high as 5 × 1014M. Using the best-fitting masses for all the clusters, we analytically calculate the expected SZ integrated Y parameter, which we find to be consistent with the SPT observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L84-L88
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Cosmology: observations
  • Galaxies: clusters: general
  • Gravitational lensing


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