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Question photonuclear processes 

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Date: 08 Jan, 2010
From: Christopher Lirakis <Christopher Lirakis>

I am wondering if any of the community knows how to do something like this.

I am looking to model photon absorption by a nucleus. Ultimately I would like to have the nucleus undergo an isomeric transition and then subsequently decay. I suspect that Geant doesn't support this process fully.

I was thinking of modifying an existing process or cloning it and adding it into the low energy EM processes such that I could capture the photon and then turn on the radioactive decay for that particle. I'm not sure how you'd start a the radioactive decay process in the middle of a run either, so if anyone has clues, please share!

Can anyone recommend examples of where this has been done before. I have to believe that photon-nuclear absorption is part of a standard setup for a hadron calorimeter. Can I intercept this?

Thank you! Chris

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