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IAU 2015 Resolution B2 on Recommended Zero Points for the Absolute and Apparent Bolometric Magnitude Scales

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  • E. E. Mamajek
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  • G. Torres
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  • A. Prsa
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  • P. Harmanec
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  • M. Asplund
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  • P. D. Bennett
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  • N. Capitaine
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  • J. Christensen-Dalsgaard
  • E. Depagne
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  • W. M. Folkner
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  • M. Haberreiter
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  • S. Hekker
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  • J. L. Hilton
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  • V. Kostov
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  • D. W. Kurtz
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  • J. Laskar
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  • B. D. Mason
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  • E. F. Milone
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  • M. M. Montgomery
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  • M. T. Richards
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  • J. Schou
  • S. G. Stewart
The XXIXth IAU General Assembly in Honolulu adopted IAU 2015 Resolution B2 on recommended zero points for the absolute and apparent bolometric magnitude scales. The resolution was proposed by the IAU Inter-Division A-G Working Group on Nominal Units for Stellar and Planetary Astronomy after consulting with a broad spectrum of researchers from the astronomical community. Resolution B2 resolves the long-standing absence of an internationally-adopted zero point for the absolute and apparent bolometric magnitude scales. Resolution B2 defines the zero point of the absolute bolometric magnitude scale such that a radiation source with $M_{\rm Bol}$ = 0 has luminosity L$_{\circ}$ = 3.0128e28 W. The zero point of the apparent bolometric magnitude scale ($m_{\rm Bol}$ = 0) corresponds to irradiance $f_{\circ}$ = 2.518021002e-8 W/m$^2$. The zero points were chosen so that the nominal solar luminosity (3.828e26 W) adopted by IAU 2015 Resolution B3 corresponds approximately to $M_{\rm Bol}$(Sun) = 4.74, the value most commonly adopted in recent literature. The nominal total solar irradiance (1361 W/m$^2$) adopted in IAU 2015 Resolution B3 corresponds approximately to apparent bolometric magnitude $m_{\rm bol}$(Sun) = -26.832. Implicit in the IAU 2015 Resolution B2 definition of the apparent bolometric magnitude scale is an exact definition for the parsec (648000/$\pi$ au) based on the IAU 2012 Resolution B2 definition of the astronomical unit.
Original languageEnglish
JournalarXiv
Volume10/2015
Pages (from-to)6262
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015

    Research areas

  • Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics, Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics, Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies, Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics

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