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CIZA: The First Systematic X-Ray Search for Clusters of Galaxies Behind the Milky WayThe aim of the CIZA project (Clusters In the Zone of Avoidance) was to take the first step toward a complete X-ray census of clusters of galaxies behind the plane of the Galaxy (the absolute value of b less than or equal to 20 degrees), the historical Zone of Avoidance of optical extragalactic surveys. Finding these heavily obscured clusters in ROSAT All-Sky Survey data would allow us to: 1. Construct the first truly all-sky, statistically complete, X-ray flux limited sample of galaxy clusters; 2. Use this sample to obtain an improved measurement of the cluster dipole (both amplitude and direction); 3. Chart large-scale structure across the plane of the Milky Way as traced by galaxy clusters; 4. Identify potential massive galaxy clusters contributing to the observed large-scale flow pattern in the local universe, specifically in the region around the Great Attractor; and 5. Use least-action modelling to deduce the gravitational fields created by galaxy clusters and compare this reconstruction with the one obtained from local galaxy surveys. Our project was highly successful in demonstrating the feasibility of this undertaking and allowed substantial progress toward achieving the stated science goals.
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Ebeling, Harald
(Hawaii Univ. Honolulu, HI, United States)
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September 7, 2013
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January 1, 2003
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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