Virtual experiments in a nutshell: Simulating neutron scattering from materials within instruments with McStas
1 Institut Laue Langevin, BP. 156, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9, France
2 Risø National Laboratory, Frederiksborgvej 399 PO Box 49, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
We introduce Monte-Carlo methods for neutron scattering with step-by-step examples, using the McStas simulation tool. A selection of neutron instrument components are presented, as well as available sample scattering kernels. All these parts are assembled into more advanced instrument models in order to produce so-called virtual experiments, that is simulations which produce results comparable with experiments. Ways to couple such simulations with other simulation software including molecular dynamics are discussed.
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