Fourier coefficients are terms found by fitting a periodic sequence to a sin and/or cosine function.
In the case of variable stars, the current form of the Fourier fitting formula was introduced by
Simon and Lee (1981), who used the formula

to describe the light curve variation of Cepheids. In this formula,

The A_{i} terms and
_{i} terms are often combined to
produce useful values,

These values are often graphed relative to the pulsation period of the variable, or the Log (period) value. A collection of graphs can be found here. Often the

The R_{ij} and _{ij} values are valuable
in discerning various aspects of stellar properties. These include pulsation mode, resonance effects, metallicity effects,
temperature, and luminosity values. Fourier coefficients have been derived for a wide variety of stars, including
Cepheids, RR Lyrae, Delta Scutis, Miras and SX Phe stars.

You may want to check the authors list for the many references to these coefficients.

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