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Monte Carlo simulation of rare decays of the [Pi]⁰ Drees, Reena Meijer


A basic introduction to the techniques of writing computer simulations for particle physics experiments concerning rare decays is given. A very brief outline of the theoretical basis for cross-section calculations is followed by more in-depth discussions of Monte Carlo sampling techniques, including the use of the CERN package DIVON. The reader is introduced to the concepts involved in detector simulation; specifically, the CERN package GEANT in presented and discussed in some detail. Finally, methods of modelling external conversion processes are taken up. Illustrations for the discussions are taken from the various rare decay modes of the π⁰. Example code and some sample results comparing simulated and real data are given in the appendices.

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