Introduction to Geant4

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University of Michigan
Andrea Dell' Acqua

Geant4 is a software toolkit for the simulation of the passage of particles through material objects. It is used by high-energy physicists to model and design particle detectors such as the ATLAS detector for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Geant4 is also of use in the areas of nuclear physics, accelerator and space physics, medicine, and bio-physics. More information about Geant4 can be found at

A week long introductory tutorial on the use of Geant4 was given at the University of Michigan the week of 26 February to 2 March 2001. The tutorial was a mixture of lectures and hands-on laboratory exercises. The tutorial was presented by Andrea Dell'Acqua of CERN, who is an expert on Geant4. Dell'Acqua was one of the members of the design team for Geant4, and he has taught courses on Geant4 several times in the past.

Familiarity with C++ was assumed, but the course began with a "review" of C++ to make sure that all participants had the same basic background. Prior knowedge of Geant4 or Geant3 was not required, but several participants were in fact already familar with Geant.

The lectures were recorded and will be available soon on the Web Lecture Archive at CERN.

For more information about this course contact Eric Myers <>.