INFN Sezione di Pisa, 12 January 2006
This Short Course on the Geant4 Simulation Toolkit is organized by the Geant4 Collaboration.
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.
To best profit of the course, some basic knowledge of the C++ computing language is recommended.
Part 1 - 2 hours
Part 2 - 1.5 hours
Part 3 - 1 hour
Part 4 - 1.5 hours
Lecture notes are 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.
The training team is composed of Geant4 Collaboration members, covering various areas of expertise in the Toolkit development and in its applications. All the instructors have significant prior experience with Geant4 training courses.
The course is based on training material by the Geant4 Collaboration; in particular, thanks to K. Amako (KEK), M. Asai (SLAC), G. Cosmo (CERN), A. Heikkinen (Helsinki Institute of Physics), D. Wright (SLAC).
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
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
Last update 08 January 2006 - Maria Grazia Pia