MT_RAYOR: a versatile raytracing tool for x-ray telescopes

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The prediction of the properties of X-ray telescopes is important for the planning of observations and the interpretation of data. The mirror quality in terms of micro-roughness scattering and deformations relative to the idealized shape plays a crucial role for the sensitivity of the telescope for detecting celestial X-ray sources. Monte-Carlo raytracing systems have been used in all X-ray telescope missions. MT RAYOR is a system that can be used to analyze any Wolter-1 optics including simulation of extended sources, celestial or in the laboratory, with position dependent spectral properties. Examples that explore the MT RAYOR capabilities have been chosen from the future missions NuSTAR and Astrosat.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of SPIE--the international society for optical engineering
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)81470Y-6
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy V - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 23 Aug 201125 Aug 2011


ConferenceOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy V
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Internet address


  • Observation simulation
  • Raytracing
  • X-ray telescopes

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