Orange Canvas applied to x-ray optics

Orange Canvas is being appropriated by guys who would like to use it as graphical environment for simulating x-ray optics.

Manuel Sanchez del Rio, from The European Synchrotron Facility in Grenoble, France, and Luca Rebuffi from Elettra-Sincrotrone, Trieste, Italy, were looking for a tool that would help them integrate the various tools for x-ray optics simulations, like the popular SHADOW and SRW. They discovered that the data workflow paradigm, like the one used in Orange Canvas, fits their needs perfectly. They took Orange, and replaced the existing widgets with new widgets that represent sources of photons (bending magnets, in the case of ESRF), various optical elements, like lenses and mirrors, and detectors. The channels between the widgets no longer pass data tables, like in the standard Orange, but rays of photons. How cool is this?

The result is a system in which the user can arrange the elements in a system that resembles the actual physical system, and then run the simulations using the most powerful tools available in x-ray optics.

The tool prototype has been presented at the SPIE Optics + Photonic 2014 in San Diego, the largest meeting of its kind.

We’re really excited about this novel use of Orange Canvas.


  • Luca Rebuffi

    We are really excited, too! We are planning to release the first version of the tool to the scientific community in a short time!