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Dobbs, Adam, 02 February 2013 16:23

Software Hints and Tips

Running a tracker simulation

There is a dedicated directory holding top level scripts for producing tracker data within MAUS at:


For example to run a MAUS simulation of the tracker in the presence of a magnetic field do the following from the MAUS root directory:

cd bin/user/scifi
./ --configuration_file datacard_mc_helical

The equivalent command for no magnetic field (straight tracks) is:

./ --configuration_file datacard_mc_straight

Datacard variables

Datacard variables control the various parameters passed to MAUS. The variables assume the default values set in src/common_py/ unless overridden in a datacard or elsewhere. Here are a few common variables:

  • Number of spills. The number of spills to simulate can be set by editing the relevant datacard file and changing the variable 'spill_generator_number_of_spills'.
  • The number of particles per spill is controlled by the beam variable. This has a number of sub-variables, two of which can be set to alter the number of particles per spill:
    • 'binomial_n' is the number of attempts at generating a track
    • 'binomial_p' is the probability an attempt succeeds
  • Helical pattern recognition can be turned on or off by setting 'SciFiHelicalPROn' to 1 or 0 respectively
  • Straight pattern recognition can be turned on or off by setting 'SciFiStraightPROn' to 1 or 0 respectively

Accessing the output data

Data is output by MAUS either as ROOT or JSON documents. In order for ROOT to understand the classes we have written a ROOT dictionary, built automatically by MAUS must first be loaded. In an interactive ROOT session this done with following command:

.L $MAUS_ROOT_DIR/build/

The equivalent command if using PyROOT is

import libMausCpp

An example ROOT session to open a data file would be:

> .L $MAUS_ROOT_DIR/build/
> TFile f1("maus_output.root")
> TBrowser b

The equivalent PyROOT session would be:

> from ROOT import *
> import libMausCpp
> f1 = TFile("maus_output.root")
> b = TBrowser()

The tracker MC data can then be found by browsing to:


The reconstructed data is stored under:


Updated by Dobbs, Adam over 11 years ago · 2 revisions