- Luminosity
**Luminosity**has different meanings in several different fields of science.**In photometry and color imaging**In

photometry , "luminosity" is sometimes incorrectly used to refer toluminance , which is the density ofluminous intensity in a given direction. TheSI unit for luminance iscandela persquare metre .In

Adobe Photoshop 's imaging operations, "luminosity" is the term used incorrectly to refer to the luma component of a color image signal; that is, a weighted sum of the nonlinear red, green, and blue signals. It seems to be calculated with the Rec. 601 luma co-efficients (Rec. 601: Luma (Y’) = 0.299 R’ + 0.587 G’ + 0.114 B’).The "L" in

HSL color space is sometimes said to stand for luminosity. "L" in this case is calculated as 1/2 (MAX + MIN), where MAX and MIN refer to the highest and lowest of the R'G'B' components to be converted into HSL color space.**In astronomy**In

astronomy ,**luminosity**is the amount of energy a body radiates per unit time.The luminosity of stars is measured in two forms: apparent (counting visible light only) and bolometric (total radiant energy); a

bolometer is an instrument that measures radiant energy over a wide band by absorption and measurement of heating. When not qualified, luminosity means bolometric luminosity, which is measured in theSI unitswatt s, or in terms of solar luminosities, $L\_\{odot\}$; that is, how many times as much energy the object radiates than theSun , whose luminosity is 3.846×10^{26}W.Luminosity is an intrinsic constant independent of distance, and is measured as

absolute magnitude , corresponding to the apparent luminosity in visible light of a star as seen at the interstellar distance of 10parsec s, or bolometric magnitude corresponding to bolometric luminosity. In contrast, apparent brightness is related to the distance by an inverse square law. Onto this brightness decrease from increased distance comes an extra linear decrease of brightness for interstellar "extinction" from intervening interstellar dust. Visible brightness is usually measured byapparent magnitude . Both absolute and apparent magnitudes are on an inverse logarithmic scale, where 5 magnitudes "increase" counterparts a 100:th part "decrease" in nonlogaritmic luminosity.By measuring the width of certain absorption lines in the stellar spectrum, it is often possible to assign a certain luminosity class to a star without knowing its distance. Thus a fair measure of its absolute magnitude can be determined without knowing its distance nor the interstellar extinction, and instead the distance and extinction can be determined without measuring it directly through the yearly

parallax . Since the parallax is usually too small to be measured for many faraway stars, this is a common method of determining distances.In measuring star brightnesses, visible luminosity (not total luminosity at all wave lengths),

apparent magnitude (visible brightness), anddistance are interrelated parameters. If you know two, you can determine the third. Since the sun's luminosity is the standard, comparing these parameters with the sun's apparent magnitude and distance is the easiest way to remember how to convert between them.**Computing between brightness and luminosity**Imagine a point source of light of luminosity $L$ that radiates equally in all directions. A hollow

sphere centered on the point would have its entire interior surface illuminated. As the radius increases, the surface area will also increase, and the constant luminosity has more surface area to illuminate, leading to a decrease in observed brightness.:$b\; =\; frac\{L\}\{A\}$where:$A$ is the area of the illuminated surface.

For stars and other point sources of light, $A\; =\; 4pi\; r^2$ so :$b\; =\; frac\{L\}\{4pi\; r^2\}\; ,$ where:$r$ is the distance from the observer to the light source.

It has been shown that the luminosity of a star $L$ (assuming the star is a

black body , which is a good approximation) is also related to temperature $T$ and radius $R$ of the star by the equation::$L\; =\; 4pi\; R^2sigma\; T^4\; ,$where:σ is theStefan-Boltzmann constant 5.67e|−8 W·m^{-2}·K^{-4}Dividing by the luminosity of the sun $L\_\{odot\}$ and cancelling constants, we obtain the relationship

:$frac\{L\}\{L\_\{odot\; =\; \{left\; (\; frac\{R\}\{R\_\{odot\; ight\; )\}^2\; \{left\; (\; frac\{T\}\{T\_\{odot\; ight\; )\}^4$.

For stars on the

main sequence , luminosity is also related to mass::$frac\{L\}\{L\_\{odot\; sim\; \{left\; (\; frac\{M\}\{M\_\{odot\; ight\; )\}^\{3.9\}$The magnitude of a star is a logarithmic scale of observed visible brightness. The

apparent magnitude is the observed visible brightness fromEarth , and theabsolute magnitude is theapparent magnitude at a distance of 10parsecs .Given a visible luminosity (not total luminosity), one can calculate theapparent magnitude of a star from a given distance::$m\_\{\; m\; star\}=m\_\{\; m\; sun\}-2.5log\_\{10\}left(\{\; L\_\{\; m\; star\}\; over\; L\_\{odot\}\; \}\; cdot\; left(frac\{\; r\_\{\; m\; sun\}\; \}\{\; r\_\{\; m\; star\}\; \}\; ight)^2\; ight)$

where:"m"

_{star}is the apparent magnitude of the star (a pure number):"m"_{sun}is the apparent magnitude of the sun (also a pure number):"L"_{star}is the visible luminosity of the star:$L\_\{odot\}$ is the solar visible luminosity:"r"_{star}is the distance to the star:"r"_{sun}is the distance to the sunOr simplified, given m

_{sun}= −26.73, dist_{sun}= 1.58 × 10^{−5}lyr:: m_{star}= − 2.72 − 2.5 · log(L_{star}/dist_{star}^{2})Example: :How bright would a star like the sun be from 4.3 light years away? (The distance to the next closest star

Alpha Centauri )::m_{sun}(@4.3lyr) = −2.72 − 2.5 · log(1/4.3^{2}) = 0.45:0.45 magnitude would be a very bright star, but not quite as bright as Alpha Centauri.Also you can calculate the luminosity given a distance and apparent magnitude::L

_{star}/$L\_\{odot\}$ = (dist_{star}/dist_{sun})^{2}· 10^{ [(msun −mstar) · 0.4] }:L_{star}= 0.0813 · dist_{star}^{2}· 10^{(−0.4 · mstar)}· $L\_\{odot\}$Example:What is the luminosity of the star

Sirius ?:Sirius is 8.6 lyr distant, and magnitude −1.47.:L_{Sirius}= 0.0813 · 8.6^{2}· 10^{−0.4·(−1.47)}= 23.3 × $L\_\{odot\}$:You can say that Sirius is 23 times brighter than the sun, or it radiates 23 suns.A bright

star with bolometric magnitude −10 has a luminosity of 10^{6}$L\_\{odot\}$, whereas a dim star with bolometric magnitude +17 has luminosity of 10^{−5}$L\_\{odot\}$. Note thatabsolute magnitude is directly related to luminosity, butapparent magnitude is also a function of distance. Since only apparent magnitude can be measured observationally, an estimate of distance is required to determine the luminosity of an object.**Computing between luminosity and magnitude**The difference in absolute magnitude is related to the stellar luminosity ratio according to::$M\_1\; -\; M\_2\; =\; -2.5\; log\_\{10\}\; \{frac\{L\_1\}\{L\_2$

which makes by inversion:

:$frac\{L\_1\}\{L\_2\}\; =\; 10^\{(M\_2\; -\; M\_1)/2.5\}.$

**In scattering theory and accelerator physics**In

scattering theory and accelerator physics,**luminosity**is the number of particles per unitarea per unittime times the opacity of the target, usually expressed in either thecgs units cm^{-2}s^{-1}or b^{-1 s-1. The integrated luminosity is the integral of the luminosity with respect to time. The luminosity is an important value to characterize the performance of an accelerator.}**Elementary relations for luminosity**The following relations hold: $L\; =\; ho\; v\; ,$ (if the target is perfectly opaque): $frac\{dN\}\{dt\}\; =\; L\; sigma$: $frac\{dsigma\}\{dOmega\}\; =\; frac\{1\}\{L\}\; frac\{d^\{2\}N\}\{dOmega\; dt\}$where:$L$ is the Luminosity.:$N$ is the number of interactions.:$ho$ is the number density of a particle beam.:$sigma$ is the total cross section.:$dOmega$ is the

differential solid angle .:$frac\{dsigma\}\{dOmega\}$ is the differential cross section.For an intersecting storage ring collider:: $L\; =\; f\; n\; frac\{N\_\{1\}\; N\_\{2\{A\}$

where:$f$ is the revolution frequency:$n$ is the number of bunches in one beam in the storage ring.:$N\_\{i\}$ is the number of particles in each bunch:$A$ is the cross section of the beam.

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