2024 PENELOPE Training Course on Electron-Photon Transport Modelling

Date: 8-12 July 2024
Place: Universitat de Barcelona
Facultat de Fisica
Diagonal 645
08028 Barcelona - SPAIN
Minimum enrolment: 6 participants
Maximum enrolment: 15 participants
Course fee: 1500 EUR
Registration deadline: 21 June 2024
Payment deadline: 28 June 2024
Contact: hedvig.nahon@oecd-nea.org
with a copy to programs@oecd-nea.org


This training course will be taught in English by Dr Francesc Salvat from the Universitat de Barcelona and Dr Randy Schwarz. 

Participants are required to bring their own laptops.

Information on accommodation can be found in the course description document.

For any questions about this course, please send an email to hedvig.nahon@oecd-nea.org with a copy to programs@oecd-nea.org.

Payment conditions
The registration fee is 1500 EUR. The participation fee should be paid no later than on 28 June 2024. Payment details will be provided upon reception of the registration form.

Scope and objectives

This four and a half day course is designed for researchers in radiation physics and its applications. The main objective is to provide the participants with a detailed description of the new, 2023, version of PENELOPE, with an ample perspective on Monte Carlo methods for simulation of electron/photon transport. The course will consist of theoretical lectures and hands-on sessions. Basic aspects of Monte Carlo sampling methods and scoring, physical interaction models, constructive quadric geometry, and transport schemes for charged particles will be introduced during the theoretical lectures. Benchmark comparisons with experiments will also be presented to illustrate the capabilities and reliability of the code.

Hands-on sessions will be based on the generic main program PENMAIN which operates with a variety of radiation sources (including radioactive sources) in material structures described by the quadric geometry tool PENGEOM. The exercises will be performed with the Windows graphical user interface PenGUIn that largely simplifies the operation of the code. Participants are expected to run their own Windows laptops.

Practical sessions will cover:

  1. the installation of required programs and tools (GUIs);
  2. the use of PENMAIN for the set of examples provided in the distribution package;
  3. the design of simulations of other experimental arrangements (geometry, radiation source, simulation parameters).