[Halld-offline] HDGeant4 Meeting Minutes, August 10, 2021

Mark Ito marki at jlab.org
Wed Aug 11 19:52:27 EDT 2021


Please find the minutes here 
and below.

   -- Mark


    HDGeant4 Meeting, August 10, 2021, Minutes

Present: Alex Austregesilo, Tegan Beattie, Mark Ito (chair), Igal 
Jaegle, Richard Jones, Simon Taylor, Beni Zihlmann

There is a recording of this meeting 
<https://bluejeans.com/s/g3GZp4pSoHn/> on the BlueJeans site. Log into 
the BlueJeans site <https://jlab.bluejeans.com> first to gain access 
(use your JLab credentials).

      Review of minutes from the last meeting

We reviewed the minutes from the meeting on July 13 

Mark has succeeded building the GlueX software stack with ROOT 6.24.0 
and Geant4 10.06.p01 using GCC 8 using three different methods:

 1. On a CentOS 7 singularity container with Developers Toolset 8. This
    was announced on the offline list
 2. Using GCC 8.3.0 supplied by a module on the ifarm.
 3. Using a CentOS 8 singularity container using its native GCC, 8.3.1

We marked several issues as ready-to-be-closed. We need to make sure 
that this is done.

      Efficiency Tables

Igal asked if there is a way to check if the correct efficiency tables 
are being applied to simulated data. He received guidance from Richard 
(use the MC variation of the CCDB) and Alex (there are dead wire maps 
for the FDC).

      Issue #181: G3/G4 Difference in FDC wire efficiency at the cell

There has been a lot of work on this issue 
<https://github.com/JeffersonLab/HDGeant4/issues/181>. It has morphed 
from a G3 vs. G4 comparison question to an effort to do a faithful 
simulation of hit efficiency as a function of track position in the cell.

The process of changing the absolute level of the efficiency curve to 
get agreement with data has converged. It was complicated by the fact 
that changing the level affected both the numerator and denominator in 
the "efficiency" measure used in the comparison. This is probably due to 
the measure requiring 4 of 6 hits in any package being considered; a 
loss of a single hit could significantly reduce the number of "tracks" 
being considered.

Richard also repeated the comparison between data and Monte Carlo with a 
recent version of tracking using bggen MC to compare with the ρ data 
used in all other studies. Here the "efficiency" measure was higher that 
that obtained by Alex with a much older version of reconstruction, but 
the agreement between data and MC was just as good.

Alex will do a check that he gets a similar result with bggen simulated, 
including random triggers in the simulation, a feature not present in 
Richard's study.

In all we appear to be very close to closing this issue.

      Issue #192: Vertex generation used with BHgen

Richard described work getting realistic generation of Bethe-Heitler 
pairs (both electrons and muons) from a lead target, as will be used for 
CPP, in response to this issue 
<https://github.com/JeffersonLab/HDGeant4/issues/192>. The details of 
his effort are recorded in his notes, in the section New pair converter 
He showed a model that incorporates a nuclear form factor for elastic 
scattering and for inelastic processes quasi-elastic scattering from 
protons and neutrons, where the Fermi motion of the nucleons is taken 
into account. He had compared his model with one that comes from Geant4. 
The Geant4 model does not have a nuclear form factor and has no model 
for inelastic scattering. Richard sees differences in the cross section 
as a function of Q^2 which he attributes to these lacks in the Geant4 

As a consistency check, he re-did the comparison, restricting Q^2 to 
values less than 10^-4  (GeV/c)^2 . In the this region the agreement 
between his model and Geant4 is all but exact.

      Future Projects

We (aka Richard (mainly)) discussed ideas for other developments in 
simulation for GlueX.

  * General QED process event generator a la the BH generator. User
    would be able to specify the process. Like the BH generator, it
    would take into account the spatial distribution of the photon
    energy and polarization as a function of position of emergence from
    the collimator.
  * Radiative corrections for cross section measurements.
  * Neutrons and K_L s.
  * CDC efficiency.
  * Variance and co-variance agreement between data and simulation.

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