XMM-Newton and Chandra Observations of Abell 2626: Interacting Radio Jets and Cooling Core with Jet Precession?

Ka-Wah Wong, Minnesota State University Mankato
Craig L. Sarazin, University of Virginia
Elizabeth L. Blanton, Boston University
Thomas H. Reiprich, Universitat Bonn


We present a detailed analysis of the XMM-Newton and Chandra observations of Abell 2626 focused on the X-ray and radio interactions. Within the region of the radio minihalo (~70 kpc), there are substructures that are probably produced by the central radio source and the cooling core. We find that there is no obvious correlation between the radio bars and the X-ray image. The morphology of Abell 2626 is more complex than that of the standard X-ray radio bubbles seen in other cool core clusters. Thus, Abell 2626 provides a challenge to models for the cooling flow-radio source interaction. We identified two soft X-ray (0.3-2 keV) peaks with the two central cD nuclei; one of them has an associated hard X-ray (2-10 keV) point source. We suggest that the two symmetric radio bars can be explained by two precessing jets ejected from an AGN. Beyond the central regions, we find two extended X-ray sources to the southwest and northeast of the cluster center that are apparently associated with merging subclusters. The main Abell 2626 cluster and these two subclusters are extended along the direction of the Perseus-Pegasus supercluster, and we suggest that Abell 2626 is preferentially accreting subclusters and groups from this large-scale structure filament. We also find an extended X-ray source associated with the cluster S0 galaxy IC 5337; the morphology of this source suggests that it is infalling from the west and is not associated with the southwest subcluster, as had been previously suggested.