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


We present quasar bolometric corrections using the [O III] $\lambda5007$ 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 $L_{\textrm{iso}}$, the bolometric luminosity determined under the assumption of isotropy: $L_{\textrm{iso}}=A\,L_{[O\,III]}$ 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”, which describes the range of quasar spectral properties and quantifies their diversity, introduces scatter into the $L_{[O\,III]}-L_{iso}$ relationship. We found that the [O III] bolometric correction can be significantly improved by adding a term including the equivalent width ratio $R_{Fe\,II}\equiv EW_{Fe\,II}/EW_{H\beta}$, which is an Eigenvector 1 indicator. Inclusion of $R_{Fe\,II}$ in predicting $L_{iso}$ is significant at nearly the $3\sigma$ 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 Eigenvector 1 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 Eigenvector 1 dependence of the correction in Type 1 sources.

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A. Pennell, J. Runnoe and M. Brotherton
Mon, 13 Mar 17

Comments: Accepted for publication in MNRAS