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Re: Question silicon in PMT crashes my code :( (Hanan)
Date: 08 Dec, 2014
From: Gumplinger Peter <Gumplinger Peter>

> I am simulating a scintillator detector with a silicon PMT. The silicon
> causes the code to crash after running due to its high density.

What crashes?

> And is it ok to replace the whole PMT with air?

Yes, as far as optical photon propagation is concerned.

> would it affect the
> results of the simulation if I track the optical photons within the
> scintillator without placing the PMTs?

You'd still have to place a 'photo detector' (with an index of refraction) if you wanted to count optical photons that enter through its aperture. You may also have to provide surface properties between your scintillator and your 'PMTs'. And, you'd need to stop the photons as soon as they enter.

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