Muon Physics Object Offline Guide


This page gives a summary of algorithms used to reconstruct muons in CMS, describes collections of muons produced in the processing of data and Monte Carlo samples, and contains links to other useful information on muon reconstruction.


General Talks about Algorithms and Identification

RECO/AOD collections

Data collections available for reconstructed muons are described in SWGuideDataFormatRecoMuon. The full list of products can be found in the following pages: Full definition of the muon-related content in the event record can be found at this link.

Algorithms and Software Architecture

The software resides mostly in the RecoMuon and DataFormats/MuonReco repositories in CMSSW.

Standard sequences used in default muon reconstruction (pp collisions)

A short description of each sequence can be found in the muon WorkBook by clicking here or on the "Workbook section" links above; in some cases, when more details are available in TWiki, they can be viewed by clicking on the sequence name. Direct link to the definition of standard muon sequences in CMSSW is here.

Standard sequences used in cosmic muon reconstruction (CRUZET, CRAFT, and dedicated cosmic runs, as well as corresponding MC samples)

Baseline muon selections recommended by the Muon POG

Algorithms for measuring muon reconstruction performance from data

(These algorithms are not run as a part of standard muon reconstruction)

Analysis and Validation

  • MC Truth muon association: detailed tools used for validation, software development, ...
  • Analysis-level association tools for matching reconstructed muons to trigger info, MC or other offline objects.
  • Standard tool for inclusive plots of muon variables and for data/mc comparisons.
  • Muon POG release validation:
    • Instructions on how to run Muon RECO validation are at this link. NEW
    • Instructions on how to run the Muon HLT validation are at this link. NEW
    • Part of the validation is done using analyzers under the DQMOffline branch. Description of the relevant plots can be found at this link. NEW
    • Release-validation plots for muon reconstruction (standalone, global and high-pT muons, muon isolation, algorithmic HLT efficiencies, etc.) are at this link.
    • (OBSOLETE) Release-validation plots for muon identification (tracker muons) are at this link.
    • (OBSOLETE) Release-validation plots for muon HLT are at this link.


  • CMS AN 2008/097: G. Abbiendi et al., "Muon Reconstruction in the CMS Detector". Detailed description of reconstruction algorithms for standalone, global and tracker muons, and of their performance.
  • CMS AN 2008/098: M. Mulders et al., "Muon Identification in CMS". Description of recommended selection criteria for global muons and tracker muons.
  • CMS AN 2007/038: M. Chen et al., "Search for New High-Mass Resonances Decaying to Muon Pairs in the CMS Experiment". Section 3.3 contains a review of reconstruction algorithms for high-pT muons and their performance as of Spring 2008.
  • CMS Note 2008/001: C. Liu and N. Neumeister, "Reconstruction of Cosmic and Beam-Halo Muons". (Also published as Eur. Phys. J. C 56 (2008) 449.) Description of dedicated cosmic-muon reconstruction algorithm. Written in Sep. 2007, so certain parts may be outdated.

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KatiLassilaPerini - 09 Mar 2007 created template page
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Last reviewed by: SlavaValuev - 04 Mar 2009

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