The First Murchison Widefield Array low-frequency radio observations of cluster scale non-thermal emission: The case of Abell 3667

L. Hindson, M. Johnston-Hollitt, N. Hurley-Walker, K. Buckley, J. Morgan, E. Carretti, K. S. Dwarakanath, M. Bell, G. Bernardi, N. D R Bhat, Judd Bowman, F. Briggs, R. J. Cappallo, B. E. Corey, A. A. Deshpande, D. Emrich, A. Ewall-Wice, L. Feng, B. M. Gaensler, R. GoekeL. J. Greenhill, B. J. Hazelton, Daniel Jacobs, D. L. Kaplan, J. C. Kasper, E. Kratzenberg, N. Kudryavtseva, E. Lenc, C. J. Lonsdale, M. J. Lynch, S. R. McWhirter, B. McKinley, D. A. Mitchell, M. F. Morales, E. Morgan, D. Oberoi, S. M. Ord, B. Pindor, T. Prabu, P. Procopio, A. R. Offringa, J. Riding, A. E E Rogers, A. Roshi, N. Udaya Shankar, K. S. Srivani, R. Subrahmanyan, S. J. Tingay, M. Waterson, R. B. Wayth, R. L. Webster, A. R. Whitney, A. Williams, C. L. Williams

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We present the first Murchison Widefield Array observations of the well-known cluster of galaxies Abell 3667 (A3667) between 105 and 241 MHz. A3667 is one of the best known examples of a galaxy cluster hosting a double radio relic and has been reported to contain a faint radio halo and bridge. The origin of radio haloes, relics and bridges is still unclear, however galaxy cluster merger seems to be an important factor. We clearly detect the north-west (NW) and south-east radio relics in A3667 and find an integrated flux density at 149MHz of 28.1 ± 1.7 and 2.4 ± 0.1 Jy, respectively, with an average spectral index, between 120 and 1400 MHz, of -0.9 ± 0.1 for both relics. We find evidence of a spatial variation in the spectral index across the NW relic steepening towards the centre of the cluster, which indicates an ageing electron population. These properties are consistent with higher frequency observations. We detect emission that could be associated with a radio halo and bridge. However, due to the presence of poorly sampled large-scale Galactic emission and blended point sources we are unable to verify the exact nature of these features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-346
Number of pages17
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 8 2014


  • A3667
  • Clusters
  • Galaxies
  • Galaxies
  • Individual
  • Radio continuum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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