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Sensitive detectors and volumes

Sensitive Detectors

Recently (since ROOT version v6.13/04) a new interface to user sensitive detector, TVirtualMCSensitiveDetector, has been added in the set of VMC interfaces. The support fot this new way of settinv sensitive detector is available in geant3 and geant4_vmc development versions.

The user sensitive detectors object should be associated to the selected volumes in the new dedicated MCApplication function
void TVirtualMCApplication::SetSensitiveDetectors()
using the new TVirtualMC function:
void TVirtualMC::SetSensitiveDetector(const TString& volumeName, TVirtualMCSensitiveDetector* userSD);

Users can also choose whether scoring should be performed exclusively via sensitive detectors or via both sensitive detectors and MCApplication::Stepping() using the function
void VirtualMC::SetExclusiveSDScoring(Bool_t);
If exclusive scoring is selected, the MCApplication::Stepping() is not called by MC.

To demonstrate the usage of this new interfaces the E03 example was split in two variants:

  • E03a - scoring via sensitive volumes and MCApplication::Stepping (old way)
  • E03b - scoring via sensitive detectors derived from new TVirtualMCSensitiveDetector interface

Sensitive Volumes

The VMC interfaces did not provided functions for a user selection of sensitive volumes and (unless the new sensitive detector framework is used) the user MCApplication::Stepping() is called in all volumes. In order to speed up simulation, in Geant4 VMC (since version 2.13) the user has a possibility to select sensitive volumes. If any selection is provided, the user MCApplication::Stepping() is called only from the selected sensitive volumes.

The selection of sensitive volumes can be done in two ways

  1. Via the following Geant4 VMC command:  /mcDet/addSDSelection volName1 [volName2 ...] The command can be applied more times, the new selection is each time added to the existing ones.
  2. Via labeling volumes directly in TGeo geometry. In this case, user has to notify Geant4 VMC about using the sensitive volumes selection from TGeo by applying Geant4 VMC command:  /mcDet/setSDSelectionFromTGeo true The volumes in TGeo geometry are set sensitive by setting the option "SV" to TGeoVolume objects:  TGeoVolume* myVolume = ... myVolume->SetOption("SV"); User can also choose a different string than "SV" for sensitive volumes labeling. In this case, he has to notify Geant4 VMC about the label via the Geant4 VMC command:  /mcDet/setSVLabel MyLabel Note that the option set via TGeoVolume::SetOption function is not persistent.