What we learn from the Frontier Fields cluster MACS J0416.1-2403

S. H. Suyu, C. Grillo, P. Rosati

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The Frontier Fields cluster MACS J0416.1-2403 with its extensive imaging and spectroscopic data sets provides a great opportunity to study the mass distribution of the galaxy cluster and members, the high-redshift Universe and cosmology. By taking advantage of the observations in the 16 Hubble Space Telescope imaging bands of the Cluster Lensing And Supernova survey with Hubble (CLASH) survey and our large spectroscopic follow-up program with the VIsible Multi-Object Spectrograph (VIMOS) on the Very Large Telescope (VLT), we have been able to identify and obtain the spectroscopic redshifts of 10 important strong lensing systems in this cluster. Furthermore, we have selected and modeled the mass distribution of ∼200 candidate cluster members residing in the inner regions of the cluster. We present the results on the model-predicted central mass profile and subhalo population, which are detailed in Grillo et al. (2015). Work is underway to quantify the effects of line-of-sight structures. These are essential elements to make progress in our understanding of the dark matter distribution in massive galaxy clusters and of the distant Universe within the current Frontier Fields initiative and before the advent of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)787-790
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberA29B
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • dark matter
  • galaxies: clusters: general
  • galaxies: clusters: individual: MACS J0416.1-2403
  • gravitational lensing


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