Generating the ACME-project Cosmic Ray Shower Database

Generating the ACME-project Cosmic Ray Shower Database
Grant MacEwan University
Physical Science Department
Special Projects Course: PHYS 498
Project Supervisor: Dr. Orla Aaquist
Tristan Lebel
Submitted: April 19, 2012
Generating the FUTURA Cosmic Ray Shower Database
The FUTURA project aims to design, prototype, and deploy an array of cosmic array detectors at the ATLAS site
in CERN in order to analyze incoming cosmic ray showers. This detector array and the ATLAS detector need to
be calibrated to determine the specific response characteristic of different types of air showers. Since cosmic
ray air showers vary in angle and intensity and because they may have iron, protons, or iron as primary
particles, each shower is unique. In order to test various theoretical configurations and shower events, a
database of cosmic ray air shower simulations is needed. The database needs to contain simulations of
showers having a variety of primary particles at several different energy levels and in a quantity large enough
for analyses to be statistically significant. Therefore we need to generate potentially thousands of showers with
data at both ground level at roughly 100 meters underground at the ATLAS detector.
The software package CORSIKA (Cosmic Ray Simulations for Kascade 6.990) is used to simulate cosmic ray
showers. This software uses particle interaction models with a monte carlo simulation method to project
cosmic ray particles through the atmosphere to ground level. The software runs in a linux or unix environment
from the terminal window; and requires each shower to be launched in this manner, a process which is
excessively time consuming. In order to save time and improve efficiency, a system was developed to automate
this process, thereby taking full advantage of the capabilities of multi core CPUs .
Generating the database takes a significant amount of time since shower simulation times range from a few
seconds for low energies to weeks at the upper end of the test range. Run time roughly scales with energy;
however, due to randomness in monte carlo simulations, actual time will vary. Once generated, the data is
binary encoded in named output files and corsikaread and another custom script (BATCO) are used to extract
the data into an analyzable form that incorporates ground level energy distributions.
The final task is to simulate the transmission of cosmic rays underground to the ATLAS detector. It is well
known and experimentally proven that cosmic rays quickly loose energy underground through various
processes which are dependent both on the distance of strata traversed and the energy of the particle. There
exist options for using software to do this task, however these are complex and more suited to small-scale
work in biology. Instead, an original system was developed to track particles travelling to ATLAS through the
geologic strata and underground structures.
A general knowledge of physics, linux operating systems, python programming, and geology is required to
effectively use the software and the FUTURA-MacEwan Cosmic Ray Shower Database.
Configuring and Installing Corsika 6.990 for FUTURA Shower Database Generation
Corsika is a software package designed to simulate cosmic ray air showers in Earth’s atmosphere. The software
contains several packages which serve a variety of functions but for our experiments we are interested in the
shower generation and data extraction software only. For the FUTURA Database we use the most current
version of Corsika which is 6.990 as of April 13, 2012. For more information on the available features of Corsika,
consult the instruction manual and website (Tanguy et. al. 2012).
Corsika 6.99x and other versions are coded in FORTRAN and are designed to be compiled and run in a Unix or
Linux environment. Corsika has several software requirements that need to be installed: FORTRAN and c/c++
compilers are needed; lib2png may also be required. Since the output from Corsika can be up to several
gigabytes per shower, sufficient storage must be made available. The Corsika documentation also recommends
a minimum 1GhZ processor and 1024mb of memory (Tanguy et. al. 2012).
Two computers were used for the FUTURA simulations. The first machine is a Dell desktop with an Intel i7
2.8ghz 8 core processor, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and several hundred gigabytes of storage. This machine is running
the Ubuntu 11.10 Linux operating system. The second test machine is an AMD Phenom 3.6GhZ 4 core processor
with 16 gigabytes of ram and sufficient storage. This system runs the Ubuntu 10.04LTS Linux operating system.
The Intel i7 system will be henceforth referred to as pracomp and the AMD Phenom as galileo.
On both the pracomp and galileo, some preparation is needed to install Corsika. This preparation begins with
obtaining the Corsika software package. Corsika is freely available to anyone but is only downloadable through
a secure server. A client computer host name and ip address must be submitted and are given permission to
download; this can be done by following the instructions on the Corsika web site (Tanguy et. al. 2012). When
we downloaded the software in December 2011, users were required to submit the IP address and host name
(i.e. pracomp / galileo). Once permission to download is given, the instructions for downloading supplied in the
user’s manual for Corsika can be followed. If this fails, using the mget Unix command may work. Information on
mget can be found in the Unix man pages and may vary depending on the system and network used.
Once the Corsika 6.99x tar.gz package is downloaded, pracomp and Galileo need to be prepared for
installation. This involves installing two packages into the Ubuntu 10.04 and 11.10 operating systems using
Ubuntu's Synaptic package manager. The first package is gfortran, the necessary Fortran 95 compiler; the
second package, lib2png, which may not be necessary . In order to install these packages, root (sudo) privileges
are needed (Canonical 2012).
Once the installation requirements are satisfied, installing Corsika is rather quick and easy. The first step is to
create an install folder to which Corsika will be installed : /home/Corsika/, for example. Once this folder is
created, the installation files from the Corsica compressed file are extracted to this folder. The next step is to
open a terminal session and 'cd' to the install folder that was created and then execute the coconut script. This
will bring up a series of options for the install (we used all of the default selections). In addition, we installed
the optional extra plotsh2 (option 72), which required lib2png. Plotsh2 is not necessary for the shower
generation we conducted and was used only for testing. More information on plotsh2 and other details are
provided in the Corsika manual, which also provides a detailed overview of the installation process and
contains solutions to errors that may occur.
Running Corsika and the Multicore Scripts.
2.1. Running Corsika – Normal Operations
Corsika, like many Unix packages, has no GUI. Because of this lack, Corsika must be launched from the
command line and inputs are taken from standard input (Tanguy et. al. 2012). To launch an instance of Corsika,
start a terminal session and ‘cd’ to the install folder then /run/ folder. Next launch the executable named
corsika6990Linux_QGSJET_gheisha. This executable name may be differ slightly on other installs.
Once running, Corsika will take configuration inputs from standard input one line at a time.Alternatively,
configuration inputs can be passed from a text file using a PIPE command seen in the following Corsika launch
./corsika6990Linux_QGSJET_gheisha < INPUTFILE
Below is an example of a Corsika input file:
1.E5 1.E5
-180. 180.
#Shower number, increment for each shower
#Showers to simulate (we do one at a time)
#Particle type 14 = hadron, see Corsika manual
#Energy slope (Default Value)
#Energy in GeV, min and max for shower
#Shower direction (Default)
#Observation altitude in cm (Default)
#Default value, not used by us.
20.0 42.8
#Magnetic field center (Europe)
0 0 0 0 0 2
#Hadron interaction flags (Default)
0.05 0.02 0.02 0.02 #Energy cuts in GeV (Minimum values allowed)
#Hadron interaction stuff (Default)
#EM flags (Default)
T 20. T T
#Max particles to display (Default)
#Output folder
#Write dbase file
#Particle output options (Default)
F 6 F 1000000
#Debug logs (Default)
#Plotsh2 flag, needed if plotsh2 is installed
#Ends the input
There are several more optional inputs, as well as settings for these inputs. The proper use of inputs and a list
of all inputs can be found in the Corsika user manual.
Once the inputs have been passed to Corsika, the simulation is started. Depending on the energy given for the
primary particle and the point of the first interaction, the shower may take from several seconds to weeks to
run. This run time roughly scales with energy and is dependent on processor speed. Several files are generated
by Corsika in the specified output folder; these are outlined below. Files are named by Corsika based on the
given Event number.
a. DAT0000n
This file is a binary encoded file that contains the particle data. The file cannot be directly read
using a text editor and must be processed using the binary executable corsikaread located
under /run/ folder in the Corsika install folder. Corsikaread outputs a file called fort.8 which is
the binary file encoded as ASCII. Instructions for the manual operation of Corsikaread can be
found in the user manual. For the FUTURA database, the binary files were analyzed using a
different method that is covered in section 3.
b. DAT0000n.long
This file contains particle information encoded as long decimal values. This file is automatically
generated, but we do not use or need it for the FUTURA Database.
Each set of files represents a cosmic ray air shower simulation. The FUTURA database requires thousands of
simulations at various energies. This requirement presents two problems which need to be overcome. The first
problem is that performing this many simulations manually would require countless hours of repeatedly
formatting the input files and starting Corsika from the command line in addition to the time required to run
the simulations themselves. The second problem is that Corsika 6.990 and older versions of Corsika do not
support multi core processors, meaning that an instance of Corsika will use only one of the available
processors, while the rest of the available computing power is wasted. This limitation can be overcome by
running multiple instances of Corsika at the same time, one instance per core. Generating input files and
starting Corsika can be done using scripting, which is where the Multicore Script comes in.
2.2. The Multicore Script
The Multicore Script was written in order to overcome the problems encountered when launching Corsika
(mentioned above in section 2.1) and take advantage of multiple processing cores. The script is written in
python, therefore a UNIX/LINUX python interpreter and compiler are necessary to run it; Ubuntu 10.10 and
11.04 both have this natively and no install was necessary. The multicore script allows the user to generate a
set number of showers at a given energy. For example, 1000 showers at 105 GeV, or 100 showers at 107 GeV.
The output from Corsika is directed by the script to a specified output folder. The script also takes inputs based
on energy, particle type, and number of showers to be generated, the details of which are covered later in this
document. The script has two basic functions, the first being to generate inputs and launch Corsika, and the
second being to schedule multiple instances of Corsika to run on multiple cores.
The input file generation is a simple process and is done using the following three steps:
Using specified inputs and fixed values, specify the required Corsika input flags.
The Multicore script takes many ARGV type inputs from the comma line, allowing the user to specify
the following quantities for Corsika: number of showers, particle energy cuts, particle type, and primary
energy of the shower. There are many fixed values which are not supplied by the user and are meant to
be kept constant for the FUTURA shower database. The input flags are generated with these fixed and
supplied values.
From the generated input flags, create an ASCII formatted input file stored as a string.
Corsika requires a specifically-formatted input file where each line represents an input flag followed by
the value and an optional comment denoted with the ‘#’ symbol. An input file example is provided
above in section 2.1. The Multicore Script uses the in-script-generated input flags and ACII formatting
to create a string with all the input flags separated by the new line character ‘\n’.
Pass this input file to Corsika through a PIPE and standard input.
When the input file is completed, an instance of Corsika is started using the subprocess libraries in
python. Once started, the input file string is sent to Corsika using subprocess.communicate(string); this
may take a moment to complete. It has been found that if sufficient time is not given for the standard
input PIPE to be cleared before starting the next instance of Corsika, corruption of the input can occur
which will crash Corsika and the Multicore Script.
Once the first instance has begun, the input file for the next instance is generated and is ready to be passed to
Corsika when the previous instance is finished. Running multiple instances at the same time is done in the
following manner and adds a degree of complexity to scheduling:
Start Corsika n times, once per allowed core.
Corsika is started using the subprocess library from python as mentioned previously. This allows the
script to complete other tasks while Corsika runs and enables it to control the thread where Corsika is
running. Corsika is launched in this way once per allowed core. The number of allowed cores is
specified to the Multicore Script by ARGV input. An idle period of three seconds is given between each
Corsika launch to allow for the standard input pipes to clear.
Once one instance has completed, start a new one and repeat this process until all showers have been
Once Corsika is running on all available cores, the script waits for an instance to terminate and checks
each thread every second to see if it is still running. The order in which the instance run by Corsika
finish is random and so each thread must be monitored constantly. When one thread terminates, a
new one is launched with a new input file. This is done until the specified number of runs has been
Wait for all showers to terminate.
Once the final instance of Corsika has begun, the Multicore Script will wait for every instance to stop
and then terminate. A report is generated which summarizes the inputs used and gives a sample input
file and a report of how long it took to run Corsika.
2.3 Using the Multicore Script
The multicore script is launched in much the same way as Corsika in that a terminal sessions command line is
used. However, unlike Corsika, the Multicore Script does not use standard input. Instead, ARGV values are used.
This makes it easier for the Multicore Script to be launched using the shell script batch files used to generate
the database. Below are the ARGV input flags as well as example launch shell commands.
--inputFile <FILE>
Using this ARGV input allows the user to specify an outside input file for
Corsika. When using this, the RUNNR and EXIT flags must be omitted
since these are still assigned by the Multicore Script.
--runs <INT>
The number of showers to be generated using the Multicore Script. This is
a required flag.
--start <INT>
The run at which to start. This is used only if a portion of the necessary
runs has been completed and the user wants to continue on this series.
This input will likely never be used during normal operations but was
necessary during testing and is requiredwhen resuming from a computer
--out <STR>
Output path for the Corsika data using the format of the following
example: /home/Tristan/CorsikaOutput/
--corsika <STR>
The name given to the Corsika binary executable. I.e:
--path <STR>
The full path where the Corsika executable is located. E.g.
Energy cuts for Hadrons in GeV. The minimum and default value is 0.05
GeV if this flag is not used.
Energy cuts for Muons in GeV. The minimum and default value is 0.02 GeV
if this flag is not used.
Energy cuts for Electrons in GeV. The minimum and default value is 0.02
GeV if this flag is not used.
Energy cuts for Gammas in GeV. The minimum and default value is 0.02
GeV if this flag is not used.
--particle <INT>
Particle type. See Corsika user manual for specific particle type integer
--energy <STR>
The energy of the primary particle in GeV, formatted as 1.E6 for 106 GeV.
Launching the Multicore Script can done using the following shell command from the folder containing The following example was used to generate test data at 106 GeV for iron as the primary
python --runs 102 --start 1 --core 3 --particle 5626 --ECUTSh
0.05 --ECUTSm 0.02 --ECUTSe 0.02 --ECUTSg 0.02 --energy 1.E6 --corsika
corsika6990Linux_QGSJET_gheisha --path /home/tristan/CORSIKA/corsika-6990/run/ -out /home/tristan/1E6GeV-iron/
Placing launch commands of this form in a shell batch file allows for showers of several different energies,
particles, and output destinations to be run. Using such commands to launch the multicore script, the FUTURA
Database was generated from analyses of the showers shown below which were produced by the Multicore
The following showers with protons, iron, and photons as primary particles were simulated at given energy
levels using the Multicore Script. Showers above 107 GeV took several days to weeks to run and produced
massive files of up to 20 gigabytes; therefore, the number of simulations run for each primary particle was 100
and 8 for showers of 108 GeV and109 GeV, respectively.
Energy (GeV)
Data extraction – Batch Data Analysis Tool for Corsika 6.99x Output, BATCO
As mentioned in section 2.1, Corsika creates output files that are encoded in binary and can only be read by a
computer. Included with the Corsika software package is a tool called corsikaread which is an executable binary
program designed to extract data and convert it to ASCII. This tool is written in Fortran, is not user friendly, and
is slow to run. The output from corsikaread is dumped to a file called fort.8 which is located under the Corsika
install folder. Operation instructions for corsikaread are found in the Corsika user manual along with
instructions for interpreting the fort.8 file. The FUTURA database was generated using a python script that was
written to extract the binary data using corsikaread, filter out everything but selected particle types, and then
dump the data into an output that contains particle vector data. The script also creates particle energy
distributions for each analyzed shower and produces a distribution that summarizes all showers. This script is
called Batch Data Analysis Tool for Corsika 6.99x Output or BATCO.
3.1 Scripting corsikaread to automatically decode shower data files.
Extracting all the data manually using corsikaread would take an unreasonable amount of time and so the same
approach taken to generate the database is used here: using python, corsikaread is automatically scripted using
python to analyze all output data in a given folder.
When using the multicore script, the data files created are numbered sequentially in the following manner:
DAT000001, DAT000002, DAT000003, and so on. This sequence represents the order in which the showers
were generated. A series of data files in a folder represents multiple showers at a given energy, as specified in
the summary report created by the Multicore Script. The BATCO python script functions in much the same way
as the Multicore Script in that it analyzes the data sequentially starting with the first specified file and ending
with the highest specified file. The basic functioning is shown in pseudo-code below.
Open file DAT00000n
Start corsikaread using subporesses libraries in python
Wait for corsikaread to finish (loop and pause while checking thread)
Open fort.8 file and import to string
Remove top 78 lines from file, particles start at line 79.
Loop: Read 1 particle until EOF is reached.
If particle is the desired type, push it to the array.
Output array to file titled DAT00000n.vec – this file contains particle vector data.
Place each particle in a bin based on energy and write bin counts to DAT00000n.bins
Delete fort.8
Repeat above steps until all files are completed.
It should be noted that the BATCO script does not use multi-coring because corsikaread only outputs to fort.8
and that this property cannot be changed nor the output redirected; therefore, if multiple instances of
corsikaread are run simultaneously, data corruption will occur. Because of this limitation, data extraction can
take a significant amount of time.
3.2 Using the BATCO Script
The BATCO script is launched using the command line and takes all inputs from ARGV flags. Detailed below are
the input flags for BATCO.
--path <PATH>
This is the location of the corsikaread script, this must be supplied for the
script to work and must be the full path.
--corsika <PATH>
Same as path, this can be ignored.
--data <PATH>
The folder location for the Corsika data files to be analyzed and extracted
from binary form.
--start <INT>
The file number to start at, eg DAT00000n where n is the given integer.
--stop <INT>
The file number to stop at, eg DAT00000n where n is the given integer.
--bNum <INT>
Maximum number of bins to output in the energy distribution file. This is
automatically set if the flag is not used.
-bEng <FLOAT>
The energy in GeV for each bin in the energy distribution file. This is
automatically set if the flag is not used
Extract muons.
Extract antimuons
Extract gamma rays
Extract protons
Extract electrons
Extract positrons
A sample launch command is provided below to give an example of a normal start command. This can be used
in a shell script to analyze several folders of Corsika data automatically.
python --start 1 --stop 102 --path /home/tristan/CORSIKA/corsika6990/run/ --data /home/tristan/1E6GeV-iron/ --muon
3.3 Output data from Batch Data Analysis Tool for Corsika 6.99x Output
BATCO generates 3 types of files: 2 files for every shower and one summary energy distribution file. All files
outputted are encoded in ASCII text to be human-readable and in order to make working with the data easier.
This system of encoding can be disadvantageous in that viewing the data using software like Microsoft Excel or
in a text editor can be slow due to the potentially large size of the files.
The first type of file created by BATCO is the vector file. This file contains basic vector information such as
momentum, energy, position, and direction. The file is tab delimited with each column representing a different
quantity :
Column 1:
Particle ID – The type of particle based on the ID given by Corsika Muons are
represented by the ID 6.Other ID’s can be found in the Corsika user manual.
Column 2:
Energy (GeV) – The particle energy
Column 3:
X Momentum (GeV/c) – Momentum in the x direction on a left-hand coordinate
system where z in the down direction is positive.
Column 4:
Y Momentum (GeV/c) – Momentum in the y direction in on a left hand coordinate
system where z in the down direction is positive.
Column 5:
Z Momentum (GeV/c) – Momentum in the z direction in on a left hand coordinate
system where z in the down direction is positive.
Column 6:
Altitude in degrees down from the horizontal.
Column 7:
Azimuth in degrees. Zero degrees starts on the x axis at three o’clock.
Column 8:
X Position (m) – The particle’s x coordinate.
Column 9:
Y Position (m) – The particle’s Y coordinate.
Column 10:
Radius (m) – The distance from the particle to the center of the shower.
Contained within the DAT00000n<particle type>.vec files are all the necessary data to analyze the particles at
ground level and underground during their transmission to the ATLAS detector. The remaining two types of files
are energy distributions. These distributions are used only to examine the energy spectra of particles at ground
level and do not contain particle data. The file is broken into three tab delimited columns, outlined as follows:
Column 1:
Bin number. The maximum bin number can be set within the source code; however, at
the moment, it is set automatically based on the highest energy particle in the data.
Column 2:
Bin counts. The bin counts represent the total number of particles with energies
between the energy of the previous bin and the energy of the current bin.
Column 3:
Bin Energy. The maximum energy of the bin in GeV.
The two bin files, DAT00000n<particle type>.bins and Summary<particle type>.bins, contain the data needed to
create energy distribution graphs that visualize the spectrum. Below is an energy spectrum from a 105 GeV
proton air shower generated using Corsika with the Multicore Script and data extraction done by BATCO. The
curve gives a general exponential decay shape which indicates that higher energy particles are less common
than low energy particles.
Sample Ground Level Energy Spectra for a 1E5 GeV
Proton Air Shower
Bin Counts
Energy (GeV)
Underground Particle Projections to ATLAS
Corsika only simulates cosmic ray air showers to ground level. To continue the projecting the air shower
underground to the ATLAS site a separate software package is needed. This package has to take the output
vector files from BATCO and use this data to determine the number of particles to impact ATLAS as well as their
energies. Rather than using and adapting a pre made software package to simulate particles underground it
was decided that we would write our own. As such many things need to be considered.
The first is muon energy attenuation underground; high energy muons will pass through rock and loose energy
at know rates. However, the rate of energy attenuation is a function of both distance of rock traversed and the
initial energy of the muon. Using theoretical data and equations presented in Reichenbacher and De Jong 2007
a function for calculating energy attenuation was written. This function can be found under and is
titled lostEnergy(Energy,distance). The remaining physics was a matter of simple vector geometry to calculate
such things a distance in three dimensions or if the particle lands within a geometric shape.
4.1 Methodology for Simulations
Outlined below is the methodology written in pseudo-code used to simulate underground particles. It should
be noted that there are two main scripts used, the first formats the data and generates the output; the second
analyzes a stack of particles through the underground structures of the ATLAS site and returns the particles
which hit ALTAS to the first script. A third file of basic geometric and math functions is also used. Only the first
script takes user input, the others are controlled from within. I was simpler and easier to work with multiple
files rather than one big file.
Primary script
Input all vector files from specified folder
Read all particles from one vector file
Append particles to stack
Send stack be analyzed (separate script
Get returned stack of impact particles
Output these particles along with average energy, shower size, shower location
Loop: repeat for each file in the folder
Output showers analyzed, average particles, average impacts, average energies, shower location.
Particle analysis script
Read input stack
Start processor pool (used for multi coring)
Pass stack to pool
For each particle
Step particle 5cm down in z direction
Check to see if the particle is in a shaft, cavern or hit ATLAS
Recorded distance traveled
Record if this distance is in rock or in a shaft or cavern.
Loop 5cm step until particle hits ATLAS or below maximum depth (~96m deep)
If the particle hits ATLAS
Calculate total distance from surface to impact location on ATLAS
Use distance and ratio of rock vs air traversed to find total distance through
Apply energy loss based on rock distance and initial energy.
Return impact particle to stack
Return stack of impact particles
4.2 ATLAS Model
The model used of the underground ATLAS site is simplified to four basic geometric shapes. As a particle is
tracked underground it is checked if the particle has interacted with these geometric shapes; this is the simplest
way to determine what material the particle is passing through. Detailed below is the shapes and dimensions
a. Vertical Shaft 1
- Represented by a vertical cylinder
- X Location = -19 meters from center of ATLAS
- Y Location = 0 meters from center of ATLAS
- Radius = 5 meters
- Depth = 70 meters
b. Vertical Shaft 2
- Represented by a vertical cylinder
- X Location = 17 meters from center of ATLAS
- Y Location = 0 meters from center of ATLAS
- Radius = 7 meters
- Depth = 70 meters
c. ATLAS Cavern
- Represented by a rectangular prism
- X Max = 25 meters, east side
- X Min = -25 meters, west side
- Y Max = 20 meters, north side
- Y Min = -20 meters, south side
- -Z Max = 65 meters depth, top of cavern
- -Z Min = 100 meters depth, bottom of cavern
d. ATLAS Detector
- Represented by a horizontal cylinder
- X Max = 22 meters, east side
- X Min = -22 meters, west side
- Y Location = 0
- Radius = 12.5 meters
- Depth of center = 83 meters
4.3 Using the scripts
Like with the multicore script and BATCO the underground simulator is launched using the command line and
inputs are all passed via ARGV. Outlined below are the various input ARGV flags and a sample launch command.
--file <PATH>
Complete file path to a vector file including file name. This is not used as
there has been no need for it yet.
--folder <PATH>
Path to folder containing vector files. Use this and not ‘—file <PATH>’
ARGV input
--data <PATH>
The folder location for the Corsika data files to be analyzed and extracted
from binary form.
--xOrg <INT>
X location in meters of the shower origin. This allows for the shower to be
offset to simulate a shower not centered above ATLAS. Default is 0 if the
flag is not used
--yOrg <INT>
Y location in meters of the shower origin. This allows for the shower to be
offset to simulate a shower not centered above ATLAS. Default is 0 if the
flag is not used
--rptNm <STRING>
Name given to the report outputted once simulations are complete. The
report name must be given in quotations, i.e. “Report Name”. This flag is
--energy <STRING>
Energy of the air showers being analyzed. This flag is optional and is only
used for generating the report.
4.4 Output
The underground particle projector is not yet completed as work on particle interactions within the ATLAS
detector is continued. Because of this, the final output format has yet to be established, therefore all output
data is written to Standard Output which can be piped in to a text file manually. Below is the output which is
currently generated by the script; this format is not final and may include more information or different order in
the future.
Primary particle energy:
Number of showers analyzed:
Average particles per shower:
Average shower radius (m):
Average number of ATLAS impacts:
Average impact particle energy (GeV):
Shower center
1E5 GeV Proton
+/- 132
+/- 57
+/- 3
+/- 74
x: 0
y: 0
Individual Shower Data:
Total shower particles:
Mean shower radius (m):
Total impact particles:
Average impact particle energy (GeV):
29.1454809633 89.7921796448
143.080653331 89.9865291189
21.7559146374 89.9396090272
400.607636259 89.991922706
45.1746051491 89.8646655453
62.4217096928 89.9362630095
206.922672498 89.968777665
19.0791335965 89.9012060151
X (m) Y (m)
300.425423647 11.7169365463
293.272602486 3.24527870537
179.338354965 1.76143340017
159.676910655 -1.19561396672
70.8529791438 6.34851124027
67.6688887923 4.82777716056
255.451944296 0.216649212973
279.011954412 0.64958378562
The Corsika software and accompanying python scripts have been developed to be used to help calibrate and
simulate the ACME array being deployed by FUTURA at the ATLAS site. This software is still experimental and
work continues to be done on it specifically on the underground particle projection system.
Future work will include modeling the ATLAS detector to determine how many particles can pass through it and
how many decay within or merely glance the detector. This will be included with the particle projector as a
separate python script and will produce a list of particles.
As for Corsika, the version used to do generate the FUTURA database does not support multicore CPU’s;
however we developed a workaround. The next version of Corsika (7) should support multicore CPU’s, this does
not make our multicore script obsolete, however it will only be needed to launch Corsika and pass input and
not manage multiple instance of it.
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Thanks and Considerations
Grant MacEwan University
Research Supervisor:
Particle Physics Mentor:
Student Peer Reviewer:
Dr. Orla Aaquist
Dr. Evan Hackett
Lauren Huybregts
University of Alberta
FUTURA Project Leader:
Dr. James Pinfold
FUTURA Technical Consultant: Dr. Richard Soluk
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