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2017MNRAS.468.1433P - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 468, 1433-1441 (2017/June-3)

Updating quasar bolometric luminosity corrections - III. [O III] bolometric corrections.


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We present quasar bolometric corrections using the [ O  III] λ5007 narrow emission line luminosity based on the detailed spectral energy distributions of 53 bright quasars at low to moderate redshift (0.0345 < z < 1.0002). We adopted two functional forms to calculate Liso, the bolometric luminosity determined under the assumption of isotropy: L_ iso=A L[ O  III]_ for comparison with the literature and log(L_ iso_)=B+C  log(L_[ O  III]_), which better characterizes the data. We also explored whether 'Eigenvector 1 (EV1)', which describes the range of quasar spectral properties and quantifies their diversity, introduces scatter into the L_[ O  III]–Liso_ relationship. We found that the [ O  III] bolometric correction can be significantly improved by adding a term including the equivalent width ratio R_ Fe  II_≡  EW_ Fe II_/ EW_ Hβ_, which is an EV1 indicator. Inclusion of R_ Fe  II_ in predicting Liso is significant at nearly the 3σ level and reduces the scatter and systematic offset of the luminosity residuals. Typically, [ O  III] bolometric corrections are adopted for Type 2 sources where the quasar continuum is not observed and in these cases, R_ Fe  II_ cannot be measured. We searched for an alternative measure of EV1 that could be measured in the optical spectra of Type 2 sources but were unable to identify one. Thus, the main contribution of this work is to present an improved [ O  III] bolometric correction based on measured bolometric luminosities and highlight the EV1 dependence of the correction in Type 1 sources.

Abstract Copyright: © 2017 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): accretion: accretion discs - galaxies: active - quasars: general - quasars: general

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