Calibrating a detector for SLIC

This is a description of how to calibrate a detector starting from compact.xml. This page is based on this tutorial.

Fast Monte Carlo Files

  • use lcdtrk to create the covarince matrices for track smearing. This requires requires an input file (in.lcdtrk) which defines the detector geometry. The outputfiles have to be renamed and moved to:
  • All the other files can be just copied in the most cases. The files needed are:

Reconstruction Files


The digisim.steer file can usually be copied. It provides the timing and threshold for the calorimeters and must be adjusted if the calorimeter readout is changed.

Calorimeter Sampling Fractions

These are produced for each calorimeter in the detector using (in org.lcsim). Typically this code is run over 10k qq events per energy for different energies: 100,200,500 GeV for the ILC case and additionally 1,2,3 TeV for the CLIC case. The QSFCalibrationFromData maybe has to be adjusted, since some things are hard coded:
  • nevtmax - the maximum number of events (e.g. 10k)
  • arrays of strings of calorimeter hit collection names
  • cind - weights of calorimeter hits (ECals counted double)
  • digital - array of bools, definig which calorimeters are read out digitally
  • workdir - path of output files

Calibration Files

The photon and hadron calibration is done using This code uses the FastMC input provided before. The events used are usually ZZ events at 500 GeV. The code produces no outputfiles. Instead the terminal output has to be copied to the respective files.

-- ChristianGrefe - 25 Feb 2009

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