Iguana Visualization

This document will explain how to use Iguana geometry and event visualization offline software.

Iguana was part of CMSSW up to version 3_10_1, now CMS is using Fireworks software which was not adapted yet to display geometry for TOTEM. In order to use Iguana in TOTEM, you need to compile and setup CMSSW_3_1_1 workspace !


  • I assume your current directory is [whatever]/CMSSW_3_1_1/src

STEP 1 - Examples

In order to display geometry of detectors, Iguana need configuration file, which is very similar to one used by cmsRun command. There are two sample files:

  • RP geometry: Geometry/TotemRPData/test/iguana_cfg.py
  • T1+T2 geometry: Geometry/ForwardCommonData/test/iguana_T1T2_cfg.py

STEP 2 - Starting iguana

Before starting iguana be sure to have properly established CMSSW workspace (source .../cmsset_default.sh and eval `scram runtime -sh` commands). Navigate to directory with example configuration files and type (RP case):

cd Geometry/TotemRPData/test/
iguana -p iguana_cfg.py

When it asks "Please select configuration", choose "CMSSW". Wait a while.

Click in the menu: "Event" -> "Next event" to initialize geometry producers.

Maximize inner window with 3D view (if minimized).

STEP 3 - Detector display

On the left hand there is an object tree reprezenting XML geometry.

Example 1 - RP

Right click, select "Enable children" and click "+" to expand for following objects:

"RP_220_Right_Station" \ "RP_220_Right_Station_Vacuum_5" \ "RP_box_primary_vacuum" \ "RP_box_secondary_vacuum"

Select "RP_Silicon_Detector" (tick should appear on the right)

Click icon with eye and zoom in to see RP detectors.


Example 2 - T1 + T2

Right click, select "Enable children" and click "+" to expand for "CMSE"

Select "TotemT1" or "TotemT2" (tick should appear on the right), you can also continue procedure to see subunits of T1 and T2.



Iguana working remotely via ssh

In general, it's possible to run Iguana remotely via ssh -X. However, it makes the display MUCH slower, so I do recommend to work with Iguana locally.

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