Latest publication about VINYL – the VIrtual Neutron and x-raY Laboratory, and its applications for experiments’ simulation

In the frame of PaNOSC WP5 – Virtual Neutron and X-ray Laboratory (VINYL), a new publication has been released in the SPIE Digital Library (Proceedings Volume 11493, Advances in Computational Methods for X-Ray Optics V, 114930Z (2020).


Experiments conducted in large scientific research infrastructures, such as synchrotrons, free electron lasers and neutron sources become increasingly complex. Such experiments, often investigating complex physical systems, are usually performed under strict time limitations and may depend critically on experimental parameters. To prepare and analyze these complex experiments, a virtual laboratory which provides start-to-end simulation tools can help experimenters predict experimental results under real or close to real instrument conditions. As a part of the PaNOSC (Photon and Neutron Open Science Cloud) project, the VIrtual Neutron and x-raY Laboratory (VINYL) is designed to be a cloud service framework to implement start-to-end simulations for those scientific facilities. In this paper, we present an introduction of the virtual laboratory framework and discuss its applications to the design and optimization of experiment setups as well as the estimation of experimental artifacts in an X-ray experiment.

J. C. E., A. Hafner, T. Kluyver, M. Bertelsen, M. Upadhyay Kahaly, Z. Lecz, S. Nourbakhsh, A. P. Mancuso, C. Fortmann-Grote, “VINYL: The VIrtual Neutron and x-raY Laboratory and its applications,” Proc. SPIE 11493, Advances in Computational Methods for X-Ray Optics V, 114930Z (21 August 2020), DOI:

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