AstroX/McXtrace 2021: An update on simulation examples and features

Erik B. Knudsen, Arne S. Jegers, Jens H. Beck, D. M. Ferriera

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AstroX is an add-on toolbox to the open source X-ray simulation software package McXtrace, which introduces Astronomical telescope optics and features to the package. Thus, enabling users to draw from the experience and developments of two communities. It may also shed further light into calibration results when measuring optics in ground based test-setups, at synchrotrons and specialized facilities. AstroX now includes a range of optical elements for Wolter class optics, extended source models, lobster eye optics, and gratings etc. Furthermore the open modular nature of McXtrace makes it fairly simple to connect to other software packages. We present a range of simulations of various aspects of telescopes: •A simulation work flow capable of quantifying stray light from Compton scattering at mirror substrates.
•A study on the effect of dust contamination inside small-pore silicon pore optics.
•A mechanism to include gratings for spectrometry in a telescope simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE : Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy X
EditorsStephen L. O'Dell, Jessica A. Gaskin, Giovanni Pareschi
Number of pages9
PublisherSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication date2021
Article number118220Q
ISBN (Electronic)9781510644823
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventSPIE Optical Engineering + Applications 2021 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 1 Aug 20215 Aug 2021


ConferenceSPIE Optical Engineering + Applications 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
SeriesProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering


  • Ray tracing
  • X-ray
  • Simulation
  • McXtrace
  • Telescope
  • AstroX


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