PENELOPE Training Course on Electron-Photon Transport Modelling
Date: 3-7 July 2023
Location: Universitat de Barcelona - Facultat de Fisica
            Diagonal 645
            08028 Barcelona - SPAIN
Course fee: 1500 Euros
Registration deadline: 26 May 2023
Participants must bring their own laptops, with Windows operating system and PenGUIn installed and fully functional.
Minimum enrollment: 8 participants
Maximum enrollment: 15 participants
Scope and objectives

This 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 2022 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 practical 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 in the theoretical lectures. Benchmark comparisons with experiments will also be presented to illustrate the capabilities and reliability of the code.

Practical 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:

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

The best options for accommodation near the Faculty of Physics are:

Prices range from 60 to 75 euros/night (single room). These residences are at walking distances from the Faculty of Physics. RESA has another residence at Diagonal Mar Campus, across the city; the trip by metro takes about 50 minutes. Reservation of accommodation must be arranged by the participants; availability of rooms at the university residences cannot be guaranteed.

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