The planetary nebula luminosity function

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The [O III] λ5007 planetary nebula luminosity function (PNLF) occupies an important place on the extragalactic distance ladder: it is the only standard candle that can be applied to all the large galaxies of the Local Supercluster. We review the method's precision, and use it to show that the distance scale dened by Cepheids and the Surface Brightness Fluctuation method is likely too large by ∼ 7%. We also discuss some of the physics underlying the phenomenon, and present clues as why the technique is so resilient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBeyond the Milky Way
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the ESO Workshop Held at Garching, Germany, 19-21 May, 2004
EditorsLetizia Stanghelli, Jeremy Walsh, Nigel Douglas
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2006

Publication series

NameESO Astrophysics Symposia
ISSN (Print)1431-2433
ISSN (Electronic)1611-6143

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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