McStas is an open source software simulator for neutron scattering instruments and experiments. The software consists of a compiler that translates instrument and component definitions to C code.
McStas is based on a compiler that reads a high-level specification language defining the instrument to be simulated and produces C code that performs the Monte Carlo Simulation. The system is very fast in use, both when setting up the instrument definition and when doing calculations.
McStas is based on a unique design where an automatic compilation process translates high-level textual instrument descriptions into efficient ANSI-C code. This design makes it simple to set up typical simulations and also gives essentially unlimited freedom to handle more unusual cases.
- Very fast in use.
- Supports triple-axis.
- Supports time-of-flight instruments.
- Supports polarised neutrons.
- Library of well-tested components that include most standard elements of neutron scattering instruments, including steady-state and pulsed sources, monochromators/analysers, guides, collimators, vanadium and powder samples, velocity selectors and choppers, and a variety of detectors.
- Generates histograms (tallies) as formatted (easy to read) text files. Such text files may be read by the McStas internal plotter using PGPLOT, but also using Matlab, Scilab, VRML/HTML (web page), HDF/NeXus, XML/NeXus, Octave, IDL and more.
- Comprehensive manual.
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