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Alternative to MCNP for modelling alpha particles?

  1. Dec 7, 2018 at 9:15 AM #1
    I am a masters student in the UK. For my project I have to monitor the efficiency of zinc sulphide detectors for monitoring alpha particles in liquid solutions. I need to model things like the proximity of the detector to the liquid, the size of the detector and the thickness of the light-tight foil. The models should be fairly basic as the thesis isn't very long (10,000 words).

    My university provided me with MCNP 4C, but it cannot model alpha particles. I have applied for a licence for version 6.2 but it may take months, so I am looking for alternatives.

    I have been told about Geant4 and SRIM/TRIM. I would like to know how difficult it is to learn either of these programmes? I am a novice programmer, but know some basics of MCNP.

    As Geant4 is written in C++, will it be too difficult for me to get up and running in a few weeks?
    Does SRIM/TRIM have the capabilities for what I need to do?

    Thank you in advance
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