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Re: Question Scintillation rise time (Martin Goettlich)
Date: 03 Nov, 2009
From: Gumplinger Peter <Gumplinger Peter>

Dear Martin,

> Is this crystal property implemented?

No, G4Scintillation only calculates an (exponential) 'time delay' and assumes an instantaneous rise time. And while the routine is set up to sample from a slow and a fast decay time simulataneously it doesn't account for a physical finite rise time. The code simply reads:

deltaTime = deltaTime - ScintillationTime * log( G4UniformRand() );

where deltaTime is first set to a random point/time along the step segment from where the scintillation photon is assumed to have originated.

> If not how may I do it?

I answer this with a question. How would you sample from a convolution of a finite rise-time with a finite decay time, e.g. a more realistic time distribution? If you know the code it takes to do that then the mechanism of introducing a rise-time in the material properties table is completely analogous to, for example, the "SLOWTIMECONSTANT". The G4MaterialPropertiesTable class is completely flexible in this. It simply associates a constant with a (any) character string. In your DetectorConstruction you assign the rise/decay time, for example:

G4MaterialPropertiesTable* myMPT = new G4MaterialPropertiesTable();



and in (you need to modify the actual G4 source) you add code to retrieve this constant:

G4MaterialPropertiesTable* aMaterialPropertiesTable =


G4double ScintillationRiseTime = aMaterialPropertiesTable->


And you'd then have to replace the single line:

 ScintillationTime * log( G4UniformRand() );

with your more complicated sampling logic.

Let me know which approach to sampling from a more realistic time profile, with a rise and decay constant, you are taking. I am open to improvements of the G4 distribution.

Best regards, Peter

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