- Splinter Computation   (virtual room B)

The FluxCompensator: Closing the loop between computational and observational astrophysics

Christine Koepferl
University of Applied Sciences Munich

There exist a variety of great observations of astronomical objects at various wavelengths. To the contrary there are many theoretical simulations of these regions available with various time-steps, scales and feedback scenarios. The challenge in modern Astrophysics is to make sense of these two large data sets which cannot be directly compared to each other. I will present the open source tool called the FluxCompensator which can create realistic synthetic observations of the theoretical simulations of various observatories (e.g. SPITZER, HERSCHEL). I will present various examples of how mock observations of astronomical objects can be modelled through this tool for the aim of qualifying theoretical and observational techniques. I will present the entire pipeline necessary to close the loop between observational and computational astrophysics.