McStas and Mantid integration

T. R. Nielsen, A. J. Markvardsen, Peter Kjær Willendrup

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McStas and Mantid are two well-established software frameworks within the neutron scattering community. McStas has been primarily used for simulating the neutron transport mechanisms in instruments, while Mantid has been primarily used for data reduction. We report here the status of our work done on the interoperability between the instrument simulation software McStas and the data reduction software Mantid. This provides a demonstration of how to successfully link together two software packages that otherwise have been developed independently, and in particular here show how this has been achieved for an instrument simulation software and a data reduction software. This paper will also provide examples of some of the expected future enhanced analysis that can be achieved from combining accurate instrument and sample simulations with software for correcting raw data. The main application of this work is to treat raw data collected at large scale neutron facilities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Neutron Research
Issue number2-3
Pages (from-to)79-92
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Data reduction
  • Instrumentation
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • Neutron scattering
  • Ray-tracing


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