In the FAQ on this page:
we have the following entry:
What can we learn about eclipsing binaries by studying their light curves?
p = Period (How long it takes for the two stars to make one full orbit.)
i = Orbital Inclination (How tipped the imaginary Frisbee is - see question above.)
M1, M2 = Masses of the Stars (How much matter makes up each of the 2 stars.)
L1, L2 = Luminosities of the Stars (How bright each of the 2 stars is.)
R1, R2 = Radii of the Stars (The distance from the center of the star to the edge - a measure of the size of each star.)
So, presumably, phase plots and period search (in turn, an input into phase plots) relate to p above. But what of the others? Should some or all of the others be on VStar's long term road map as additional analysis options? One recent thought I had before seeing the FAQ entry is to do what some programs already do (e.g. StarLightPro as I recall) but integrated with VStar: generate a 3D orbital model of a possible interpretation of a system based upon at least p, i, (M1, M2), (R1, R2). How feasible and desirable is this?
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