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PIXE Simulation With Geant4

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7 Author(s)
Pia, M.G. ; INFN, Sezione di Genova, Genova, Italy ; Weidenspointner, G. ; Augelli, M. ; Quintieri, L.
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Particle induced X-ray emission (PIXE) is an important physical effect that is not yet adequately modelled in Geant4. This paper provides a critical analysis of the problem domain associated with PIXE simulation; it evaluates the conceptual approach, design and implementations of PIXE modelling so far available in Geant4, and describes a set of software developments to improve PIXE simulation with Geant4. The capabilities of the developed software prototype are illustrated and applied to a study of the passive shielding of the X-ray detectors of the German eROSITA telescope on the upcoming Russian Spectrum-X-Gamma space mission.

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:56 ,  Issue: 6 )