Welcome to MARX’s documentation!

Current version of marx is 5.3.2.

See Downloading and Installing Marx for installation instructions.


MARX 5.0, 5.1, and 5.2 contain a bug that affects the PSF for simulations of off-axis sources. If you use MARX to simulate any source more than 3 arcmin from the aimpoint, please upgrade to current version 5.3.2 immediately. See Downloading and Installing Marx for installation instructions. (On-axis sources and simulations that trace the mirror with SAOTrace are unaffected.) See https://github.com/Chandra-MARX/marx/issues/21 for a detailed description of the issue.

marx is a suite of programs created and maintained by the MIT/CXC/HETG group group and is designed to enable the user to simulate the on-orbit performance of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. marx provides a detailed ray-trace simulation of how Chandra responds to a variety of astrophysical sources and can generate standard FITS event files and images as output. It contains detailed models for Chandra’s High Resolution Mirror Assembly (HRMA), the HETG and LETG gratings, and all the focal plane detectors.

If you publish any work that made use of marx, please cite the paper Raytracing with MARX: x-ray observatory design, calibration, and support (Davis et al. 2012, SPIE 8443, 84431A).

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