End-to-end simulations with SIXTE: An online workshop, 29-31 March 2022

End-to-end simulations with SIXTE: An online workshop

29-31 March 2022, 13-16 UT / 15-18 CEST / 9-12am EDT

The SIXTE team for the end-to-end simulator for Athena and other X-ray
astronomical missions is happy to announce its next hands-on workshop,
following the previous SIXTE workshops in Toulouse (2016), Bamberg
(2018), Cambridge, MA (2018), and Santander (2019).

Given the pandemic, the workshop will be held online in a combination
of Zoom and gather town, at a time that is hopefully at least somewhat
accommodating for non-European attendees, from 29-31 March 2022, 13-16UT.

Contents of the workshop include:

1. General introduction to SIXTE

2. Simulations of observations with the Athena WFI and X-IFU

3. Example use cases of complex simulations done with SIXTE:
– Deep surveys (Giorgio Lanzuisi, INAF OAS Bologna)
– Galaxy clusters (Sophie Beaumont, IRAP/UMBC)

4. Practical sessions on:
– simple point source spectra and light curves
– simulation of extended sources, including aspects of
spectro-spatial simulations
– simulations including dithering and slews
either on your computer or using an online-version of SIXTE
made available through the JHU scisim.

5. Discussions of potential simulation setups based on audience input

The intended audience are graduate students and scientists with a
background in X-ray astronomy who are interested in performing
simulations for Athena or similar observatories.

There is no cost for attending the workshop, but we are asking that
attendees register until

22 MARCH 2022



Organizing committee:

Thomas Dauser (FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg)
Christian Kirsch (FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg)
Maximilian Lorenz (FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg)
Lea Michalski (FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg)
Ole Koenig (FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg)
Joern Wilms (FAU Erlangen-Nuernberg)
Philippe Peille (CNES)
Maite Ceballos (IFCA (CSIC-UC))
Beatriz Cobo (IFCA (CSIC-UC))
Andy Ptak (NASA-GSFC)
Panayiotis Tzanavaris (APS/UMBC/CRESST)
Katja Pottschmidt (UMBC/CRESST/NASA-GSFC)