at IEEE NSS-MIC 2004

2004 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium - Medical Imaging Conference
Roma, Ergife Palace Hotel, Room Tarragona, 17 October 2004

Lecture notes are available for download.
PLEASE NOTE that no paper copies will be distributed during the course, only a CD containing all the course material.

This Short Course on the Geant4 Simulation Toolkit is organized by the Geant4 Collaboration.

Please feel free to contact the Geant4 Course Organizer, or  the IEEE NSS-MIC 2004 Short Course Coordinator, for further information.

 Abstract   Programme   Course material   Training team   Registration 

Please note that the  registration fee is handled by the IEEE conference management. 
The Geant4 Training Team provides the lectures and training material at no cost to IEEE nor to the course participants.

Geant4: Simulation of Particle Interactions with Matter


Geant4 is a software toolkit for the simulation of the interaction of particles with matter, developed and maintained by a world-wide collaboration of physicists and computer scientists. Its application areas include high energy physics experiments, astrophysics and astroparticle physics, space science, medical physics and medical imaging, nuclear physics, radioprotection and radiation background studies. It exploits advanced software engineering techniques and Object Oriented technology to achieve transparency of the physics implementation, as well as openness to extension and evolution.

Geant4 provides a wide set of tools for all the domains of detector simulation, such as Geometry modeling, Detector Response, Run and Event management, Tracking, Visualisation and User Interface. An abundant set of Physics Processes handle the diverse interactions of particles with matter across a wide energy range, as required by Geant4 multi-disciplinary nature; for many physics processes a choice of different models is available. 

The Geant4 source code and libraries are freely available, accompanied by an extensive set of user documentation. 

The course provides an overview of Geant4 capabilities, and illustrates in detail the major features available in the toolkit to simulate an experimental set-up. Specific lectures are devoted to Geant4 capabilities for medical applications. Finally, the students are guided through a real-life simulation example, offering a practical implementation of the basic concepts of a user application. As a result of the course the students would learn how to develop simulation applications based on the Geant4 Toolkit. 

A CD with Geant4 source code and libraries, examples and further training material is distributed to all course participants.

To best profit of the course, some basic knowledge of the C++ computing language  is recommended.


Part 1 - 2 hours

Presentation of the course (10') - M.G. Pia

Introduction - K. Amako (20')

Basic structure of the Geant4 Simulation Toolkit - D. Wright (30')

Detector modeling  - G. Cosmo (60')

Tea Break

Part 2 - 2 hours

Primary event generation and interactions of particle with matter - D. Wright, A. Heikkinen, M.G. Pia (120')


Part 3 - 2 hours

Interactive capabilities -  (30')

Overview of other Geant4 capabilities - G. Daquino (20')

Overview of Geant4 application in diverse domains - M. G. Pia (20')

Geant4 for medical applications - S. Guatelli (50')

Tea Break

Part 4 - 2 hours

How to use Geant4 - S. Guatelli (20')

An application example: dosimetry with Geant4 - S. Guatelli (60')

Installation - G. Cosmo (20')

How to learn more - K. Amako (20')

Total training time: 8 hours

Course material

A CD with the most recent version of Geant4 source code and libraries, examples and further training material will be distributed to all course participants. 

Lecture notes are included in the CD and will be made available for download from the web.
PLEASE NOTE that no paper copies will be distributed during the course.

Geant4 User Documentation (5 manuals) can be browsed from the web or downloaded for printing.

Training team  

The training team is composed of Geant4 Collaboration members, covering various areas of expertise in the Toolkit development (kernel, detector modeling, physics etc.) and in its applications. All the instructors have significant prior experience with Geant4 training courses.

Organizer:  Maria Grazia Pia INFN Genova, Italy
Instructors:  Katsuya Amako KEK, Japan
Gabriele Cosmo CERN, Switzerland
Giuseppe Daquino CERN, Switzerland
Susanna Guatelli Univ. and INFN Genova, Italy
Aatos Heikkinen Helsinki Institute of Physics, Finland
Maria Grazia Pia INFN Genova, Italy
Dennis Wright SLAC, USA

Katsuya Amako is an experimental high-energy physicist and an associate professor of High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) in Japan. He has been a member of the Geant4 Collaboration since the project was started. He is also a member of the ATLAS/LHC experiment at CERN.
KEK, Inst. of Particle and Nuclear Studies, 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba-shi (Ibaraki-Ken) 305-0801, Japan - Phone: +81 29 864 5356, Fax: +81 29 864 2580

Gabriele Cosmo is a computer scientist and staff member in the Simulation core group of PH department at CERN. He has been active member in the Geant4 Collaboration since the start of the project, participating in the first architectural design of the Toolkit. He is currently acting as the Geant4 Software Release Manager and coordinator for the development and maintenance of the Geometry module.
CERN, EP/SFT, Geneva 23, CH-1211, Switzerland - Phone: +41 22 76 79636, Fax : +41 22 76 78130

Giuseppe Daquino is a nuclear engineer with experience in radioprotection and medical physics. He is a member of the Geant4 Collaboration and is active in the domain of biasing techniques.
CERN, EP/SFT, Geneva 23, CH-1211, Switzerland - Phone: +41 22 76 71873, Fax : +41 22 76 78130

Susanna Guatelli is a graduate student at the Univ. of Genova and a member of the Geant4 Collaboration, active in the domain of physics testing and in advanced medical physics applications. She has extensive experience in teaching Geant4 applications in various courses.
INFN Sezione di Genova and Univ. of Genova,  Via Dodecaneso 33, 16146 Genova, Italy - Phone: +39 010 353 6420, Fax: +39 010 313358

Aatos Heikkinen is a high energy physicist at the Helsinki Institute of Physics and a member of the CMS and Geant4 Collaborations. He has been active in the development of Geant4 hadronic physics and in Geant4 training.
Helsinki Institute of Physics, P.O. Box 64, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland - Phone: +358 9 19150560, Fax: +358 9 191 50522

Maria Grazia Pia is a high energy physicist at INFN Genova and the Geant4 National Coordinator at INFN. She has been a member of the Geant4 Collaboration since its R&D phase, contributing to Geant4 physics design, development and validation. She leads various projects within Geant4, including Low Energy Electromagnetic Physics, and R&D for applications in astrophysics and medical physics. She launched the Geant4 Training Programme and is active in the domain of technology transfer. She is also involved in software projects for Data Analysis.
INFN Sezione di Genova, Via Dodecaneso 33, 16146 Genova, Italy - Phone: +39 010 353 6328, Fax: +39 010 313358

Dennis Wright is a member of the Physics Experiment Support Group at SLAC Computing Service and Simulation Coordinator of the BaBar experiment. He is Geant4 Documentation Coordinator and he is also active in the domain of Geant4 Hadronic Physics.
SLAC, 2575 Sand Hill Road, M/S 41, Menlo Park, CA 94025, U.S.A. - Phone:+1 650 926 4743, Fax: +1 650 926 3767


The registration formalities are handled by the IEEE-NSS/MIC Organization.

The registration to the Geant4 Course is distinct from the registration to the Conference, i.e. one can attend just the Geant4 Course, or both the Conference and the Geant4 Course.

Please note that the course and training material are provided at no cost to the participants and to IEEE by the Geant4 Collaboration; the registration fee is handled by IEEE only. 

Please contact the IEEE NSS-MIC 2004 Short Course Coordinator, if you wish further information about how to attend the Geant4 Course.

Last update 13 October 2004 - Maria Grazia Pia