Period search service


Please enter the lightcurve file name and period search parameters:
Lightcurve file:
Maximal trial period: days
Minimal trial period: days
Maximal phase shift:

Information needed for the Heliocentric correction:

Apply the Heliocentric correction and convert all dates to Terrestrial Time (TT)? Yes /No
TT = TAI + 32.184 = UTC + (number of leap seconds) + 32.184
Input time system (see also)? JD(UTC) /JD(TT)
Sky position (R.A. Dec., J2000):
(The correct sky position is needed only if you want to apply the Heliocentric correction.)

Auxiliary settings

Phase range for plots:  -0.5 to 1.0    0.0 to 2.0    0.0 to 1.0

The lightcurve should be a simple ASCII file in the "JD mag", "JD mag mag_err", or VaST format. The Catalina Surveys .csv files are also supported. The lightcurve may contain comment lines. Note, that (unless the Catalina Surveys .csv file is supplied) the program expects time to be expressed as a full JD, not MJD. If MJD (or any other form of truncated JD) is used in the lightcurve file, the labeling of plots will be incorrect. Also, the Heliocentric correction cannot be applied to such lightcurves. Example lightcurves may be found here, here, and here (links to data files are at the bottom of these pages). Two period search methods are currently implemented. One is based on Lafler & Kinman (1965, ApJS, 11, 216) paper. You may find a simplier explanation of this method in Russian here. The other is Deeming (1975, Ap&SS, 36, 137) Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) method (see also the discussion in this paper).


For long computations you may need to change the timeout settings of your web browser. In Firefox it can be done by typing "about:config" in the address bar and then filtering on "timeout". The paerameters you need to change are probably called network.http.connection-timeout and network.http.response.timeout

This period search service is also available at the mirror sites: Mirror 1, Mirror 2, Mirror 3, Mirror 4.
You may download the latest source code distribution and install the period search service at your own web server. This program is free software provided under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

If you have questions, bug reports or suggestions how to improve this service, please fell free to contact the author (Kirill Sokolovsky) via e-mail: kirx[at]scan.sai.msu.ru

A similar web-based period search service supporting a different set of algorithms is provided by the NASA Exoplanet Archive.