• Josef Kallrath
  • Eugene F. Milone


In this chapter we sketch the importance of eclipsing binaries for the determination of fundamental stellar data. We discuss the conditions under which eclipsing binary light curve data enable astronomers to derive stellar masses and other parameters. Finally, we provide the foundation for understanding eclipsing binary models based on equipotential surfaces.


Light Curve Light Curf Binary Star Stellar Mass Variable Star 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Josef Kallrath
    • 1
    • 2
  • Eugene F. Milone
    • 3
  1. 1.BASF-AGLudwigshafenGermany
  2. 2.Department of AstronomyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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