Simulation of detector and/or detecting material

Software packages

For a nice overview look at the Indico page of an RD51 simulation workshop.

neBEM - nearly exact Boundary Element Method

Computes the electric field and potential in nearly arbitrary 3-dimensional geometries taking the presence of conductors and dielectric media into account: official website

Alternative to a Finite Element Method (FEM) tool like ANSYS where Poisson's equations can't be solved in a strict mathematical way.


FEM calculation tool to e.g. calculate electric field maps.


Garfield and Garfield++, the C++ portation.


Calculates the gas properties used by Garfield simulations: official website


Simulates particle interactions in a detector (with custom geometry and materials): official website

  • These introductory slides from an MC-PAD training event on GEANT4 at DESY give a good introduction.
  • There is a way to use the GEANT4 libraries within a Python environment: g4py. These two slides describe the functionality of this binding.

NEST - Noble Element Simulation Technique

Addition to GEANT4 to correct calculations on interactions in noble gases (also in liquid phase), especially at low energies: official website

Detector simulations in the Detector R&D group

-- RolfS - 2014-10-03
Topic revision: r7 - 2015-01-19 - pradael_40nikhef_2enl
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