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Applications of the Monte Carlo radiation transport toolkit at LLNL
Author(s): Kenneth E. Sale; Paul M. Bergstrom Jr.; Richard M. Buck; Dermot Cullen; D. Fujino; Christine Hartmann-Siantar
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Paper Abstract

Modern Monte Carlo radiation transport codes can be applied to model most applications of radiation, from optical to TeV photons, from thermal neutrons to heavy ions. Simulations can include any desired level of detail in three-dimensional geometries using the right level of detail in the reaction physics. The technology areas to which we have applied these codes include medical applications, defense, safety and security programs, nuclear safeguards and industrial and research system design and control. The main reason such applications are interesting is that by using these tools substantial savings of time and effort (i.e. money) can be realized. In addition it is possible to separate out and investigate computationally effects which can not be isolated and studied in experiments. In model calculations, just as in real life, one must take care in order to get the correct answer to the right question. Advancing computing technology allows extensions of Monte Carlo applications in two directions. First, as computers become more powerful more problems can be accurately modeled. Second, as computing power becomes cheaper Monte Carlo methods become accessible more widely. An overview of the set of Monte Carlo radiation transport tools in use a LLNL will be presented along with a few examples of applications and future directions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1999
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3771, Radiation Sources and Radiation Interactions, (15 September 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.363708
Show Author Affiliations
Kenneth E. Sale, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Paul M. Bergstrom Jr., Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Richard M. Buck, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Dermot Cullen, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
D. Fujino, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Christine Hartmann-Siantar, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3771:
Radiation Sources and Radiation Interactions
Edward J. Morton, Editor(s)

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