MATLAB and Simulink for Astronomy

MATLAB and Simulink enable rapid prototyping and modeling real-time control systems for critical and complex experiments, such as LIGO. Readability of the code and backward compatibility are significant features of MATLAB for extensive, long-term collaborations.

Astronomers use MATLAB and Simulink to:

  • Control and acquire data in real time from hardware and instruments
  • Integrate AI with Model-Based Design for precise sensing and control
  • Process signals received by radio telescopes
  • Teach physics using interactive live scripts

“For LIGO, we used MATLAB to analyze the fundamental noises that limit gravitational wave detector performance, calculate the optical response of our interferometers, and verify the entire control chain ...”

Matthew Evans, MIT