Oct 15 – 22, 2009
Laboratori Nazionali del Sud - INFN
Europe/Rome timezone

MAGE - a GEANT4-based Monte Carlo Application Framework for Low-background Germanium Experiments

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Laboratori Nazionali del Sud - INFN

Laboratori Nazionali del Sud - INFN

Via S. Sofia 62, Catania (I)
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Reyco Henning (U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)


We describe a physics simulation software framework, MAGE , that is based on the GEANT4 simulation toolkit. MAGE is used to simulate the response of ultra-low radioactive background radiation detectors to ionizing radiation, specifically the MAJORANA and GERDA neutrinoless double-beta decay experiments. MAJORANA and GERDA use High-purity Germanium technology to search for the neutrinoless double-beta decay of the 76Ge isotope, and MAGE is jointly developed between these two collaborations. The MAGE framework contains simulated geometries of common objects, prototypes, test stands, and the actual experiments. It also implements customized event generators, GEANT4 physics lists, and output formats. All of these features are available as class libraries that are typically compiled into a single executable. The user selects the particular experimental setup implementation at runtime via macros. The combination of all these common class into one framework reduces duplication of efforts, eases comparison between simulated data and experiment, and simplifies the addition of new detectors to be simulated.


User's Workshop


Low background, germanium detectors, double-beta decay, dark matter

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Reyco Henning (U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

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