|Aug9-12, 07:34 AM||#1|
Simulate Gamma Rays from Radioactive Decay
Hello, I am trying to simulate the gammas from certain radioactive decays but I am really puzzle as to how to approach this. The site I'm using as a reference lists the intensities of the different gammas corresponding to an specific decay.
The thing that confuses me is that, for example, some intensities do not add up to 100; which is understandable since there might be more than one gamma emitted per decay. But then, how would one simulate this?
For example, Lets say I have X -> Y + gamma and lets say I have two different gammas, a and b, with intensities 50 and 60 respectively. Then, the way I think about it is that out of 100 decays, 50% of the time I get a, and 60% of the time I get b. But how does one tell a computer to do this?
It appears to me that normalizing the intensities wouldn't work and so throwing a single random number between 0 and 1 won't work. Is the best approach to just do a different random number for each intensity?
|Aug9-12, 09:25 AM||#2|
i = rand()
if i > 0.5 gamma=energy1 else gamma=energy2
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