How to run MCEG files throught the Software
What are the requirements and limitations for the MCEG
How to convert files to the right format
How to apply beam effects and crossing angle
Athena full simulation and reconstruction stack accepts only HepMC2 and HepMC3 as an input format. The reason for that is that support for many formats on simulation/reconstruction level leads to increasing number of bugs witch are difficult to mitigate with testing because of the combinatorics. It is much easier in terms of testing, robustness and reprodusobility to have a reliable chain that works with one (universal) format and have well tested standalone satelite conventers, that allow to work with different MCEG software (see the next picture).
Converters allow to convert other formats to HepMC
Afterburner applies crossing angle and beam effects
Currently there are 2 packages that allow to convert different MCEG to HepMC
- mcconv - new and less reliable, but kind of easier
to use for users and also has convenient python API. mcconv correctly works with GEMC LUND (Clas12) format.
Crossing angle and beam effects
In order to apply crossing and beam effects to existing HepMC files EIC Afterbur is to be used. The package provides framework independent well validated crossing angle and beam effects C++ library and HepMC file converter (abconv) for Electron Ion Collider.
Beam effects (divergence, crabbing kick, etc.)
Vertex spread (position, time)
Please follow the instruction of how to use the afterburner.
Using converters and afterburner
Both converters and aferburner are parts of the container. And could be used from JLab and BNL farm. Follow singularity chapter.