Raymond D. Benge, Jr. Tarrant County College, Northeast Campus, 828 Harwood Rd., Hurst, TX 76054
By observing eclipsing binaries for a large number of cycles, extremely
precise values of epoch and period may be determined. It is suggested that this
precision may be used as a probe for the detection of light-time effects due to
extrasolar planets around these stars. This work shows that while this technique
may be theoretically possible, noise in the data for timings would normally be larger
than the effect being sought. More accurate measurements of the times of minima
would be needed for this technique to be feasible in detecting extrasolar planets.