Simplified Physical Models

Devor (2005) developed an automated pipeline for a simple spherical star model without tidal or reflection physics, and the starting values of which are first guessed and then refined with a downhill simplex method followed by simulated annealing. This approach identifies detached binaries which can be described with sufficient accuracy by spherical models. Devor & Charbonneau (2006a, b) extend this approach by utilizing theoretical models of stellar properties to estimate the orbital parameters as well as the masses, radii, and absolute magnitudes of the stars. This approach requires only a light curve and an estimate of the binary's combined color.

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