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Paper: Observing Simulated Clusters: A Novel Virtual X-ray Telescope
Volume: 453, Advances in Computational Astrophysics: Methods, Tools, and Outcome
Page: 345
Authors: Biffi, V.; Dolag, K.; Böhringer, H.; Lemson, G.
Abstract: X-ray observations continue to provide us with an increasingly detailed picture of galaxy clusters, for which a clear interpretation of the underlying physical processes is very challenging. On the theoretical side, N-body/hydrodynamical simulations currently include models for complex baryonic physics in clusters. Hence, the best strategy would be to directly compare the outputs from such simulations to real observations, e.g. via a virtual telescope designed to produce X-ray mock observations from simulated galaxy clusters, which can be analyzed with the same procedures used for real ones. We present here a novel X-ray photon simulator based on a modular structure that makes it very versatile and allows to significantly gain in computational cost and time.
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