Introduction.- The Data Base and Methods of Acquisition.- A General Approach to Modeling Eclipsing Binaries.- Determination of Eclpsing Binary Parameters.- Light Curve Models and Software.- The Wilson-Devinney Program and WD95.- The Structure of Light Curve Programs and the Outlook for the Future.- Appendix A: A Brief Review of Mathematical Optimization.- Appendix B: Estimation of Fitted Parameter Errors: the Details.- Appendix C: Geometry and Coordinate Systems.- Appendix E: Subroutines of the Wilson-Devinney Program.- Appendix F: Graphics Utilities and Visualization.- Appendix G: Glossary of Symbols.- Bibliography.- Subject Index.
I Introduction.- The Database and Methods of Data Acquisition.- II Modeling and Analysis.- A General Approach to Modeling Eclipsing Binaries.- Determination of Eclipsing Binary Parameters.- Advanced Topics and Techniques.- III Light Curve Programs and Software Packages.- Light Curve Models and Software.- TheWilson#x2013;Devinney Program: Extensions and Applications.- Light Curve Software with Graphical User Interface and Visualization.- The Structure of Light Curve Programs and the Outlook for the Future.
Astronomers learn much of what they know about the mass, brightness, and size of stars by observing binary systems, in which two stars orbit each other, periodically cutting off the others light. This book provides astronomers with a guide to specifying an astrophysical model for a set of observations, selecting an algorithm to determine the parameters of the model, and estimating the errors of the parameters.
Describes a systematic framework for analyzing eclipsing binary stars, now with extensions to exoplanets
Only book that focuses on mathematical models for light curves of eclipsing binary stars and algorithms for generating these models
Appendices go deeper in mathematical detail on matters such as optimization, coordinate systems and specific models
This second edition includes new physics in light curve models and distance fitting and provides new applications and fully updated references