# How can I determine line luminosities from equivalent width measurements?

I have a set of equivalent width measurements for different emission lines. How can I use them in order to determine the corresponding line luminosities?

• The EW gives you only the ratio between line and continuum luminosities. You cannot get the absolute luminosity from that information alone. – pela Nov 25 '15 at 12:32

## 1 Answer

If you also have photometry, then there is a reasonably accurate conversion between the apparent magnitude and the continuum flux (per unit wavelength interval) at the wavelength of the photometry.

Once you have this conversion factor, you multiply your equivalent width by it to get a flux.