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Hi-fi phenomenological description of eclipsing binary light variations as the basis for their period analysis

  • Z. Mikulášek (a1) (a2), M. Zejda (a1), M. Chrastina (a1), S.-B. Qian (a3) (a4) and L.-Y. Zhu (a3)...


In-depth analysis of eclipsing binary (EB) observational data collected for several decades can inform us about a lot of astrophysically interesting processes taking place in the systems. We have developed a wide-ranging method for the phenomenological modelling of eclipsing binary phase curves that enables us to combine even very disparate sources of phase information. This approach is appropriate for the processing of both standard photometric series of eclipses and data from photometric surveys of all kind. We conclude that mid-eclipse times, determined using the latest version of our “hi-fi” phenomenological light curve models, as well as their accuracy, are nearly the same as the values obtained using much more complex standard physical EB models.



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[1]1O'Connell, D.J.K., 1979, Ric. Astron. Specola Vaticana, 8, 563
[2]2Nordstrom, B., & Johansen, K.T., 1994, A&A, 282, 787
[3]3Samec, R.G., Gray, J.D., & Carrigan, B.J., 1996, Observatory, 116, 75
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European Astronomical Society Publications Series
  • ISSN: 1633-4760
  • EISSN: 1638-1963
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