Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Physics and Engineering Science


College of Science

First Advisor

Louis Rubbo


Our Solar System is one of roughly 100 billion other stars that make up the Milky Way Galaxy. Two-thirds of all stars are paired off, forming a gravitational bond between one another. Such systems are known as stellar binaries. Although these binaries are prevalent there is much yet to be learned about their formation, evolution, and interactions. The approach taken in this thesis is to produce simulated data representing the expected measurements that an observational astronomer would collect. Specifically, we have simulated the data from an eclipsing binary light curve, spectroscopic velocity curve, and the gravitational wave times series form a generic binary. A future project would then be able to develop an advance statistical analysis routine that combines all three synthetic data sets in an effort to extract physical parameters of the original binary.

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