Development of a simulation framework for spherical proportional counters

I. Katsioulas, P. Knights, J. Matthews, T. Neep, K. Nikolopoulos, R. Owen, R. Ward

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The spherical proportional counter is a novel gaseous detector with numerous applications, including direct dark matter searches and neutron spectroscopy. The strengths of the Geant4 and Garfield++ toolkits are combined to create a simulation framework for spherical proportional counters. The interface is implemented by introducing Garfield++ classes within a Geant4 application. Simulated muon, electron, and photon signals are presented, and the effects of gas mixture composition and anode support structure on detector response are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberC06013
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2020


  • Detector modelling and simulations I (interaction of radiation with matter, interaction of photons with matter, interaction of hadrons with matter, etc)
  • Detector modelling and simulations II (electric fields, charge transport, multiplication and induction, pulse formation, electron emission, etc)
  • Gaseous detectors
  • Simulation methods and programs


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