Virtual experiments: the ultimate aim of neutron ray-tracing simulations

Kim Lefmann, Peter Kjær Willendrup, Linda Udby, Bente Lebech, K. Mortensen, Jonas Okkels Birk, Kaspar Hewitt Klenø, Erik Bergbäck Knudsen, P. Christiansen, J. Saroun, J. Kulda, U. Filges, M. Konnecke, P. Tregenna-Piggott, J. Peters, K. Lieutenant, G. Zsigmond, P. Bentley, E. Farhi

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    We define a virtual neutron experiment as a complete simulation of an experiment, from source over sample to detector. The virtual experiment (VE) will ideally interface with the instrument control software for the input and with standard data analysis packages for the virtual data output. Virtual experiments are beginning to make their way into neutron scattering science with applications as diverse as instrument design/upgrade, experiment planning, data analysis, test of analysis software, teaching, and outreach. In this paper, we summarize the recent developments in this field and make suggestions for future developments and use of VEs.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Neutron Research
    Issue number4-4
    Pages (from-to)97
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    • Monte Carlo simulations
    • Neutron scattering
    • Data analysis
    • Neutron instrumentation


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