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Physics in Medicine and Biology 2000, 45(11): 3171-94

A Monte Carlo track structure code for electrons(~10 eV–10 keV) and protons (~0.3–10 MeV) in water: partitioning of energy and collision events

D. Emfietzoglou*, G. Papamichael, K. Kostarelos, M. Moscovitch

An event-by-event Monte Carlo simulation code for track structure studies is described. In the present form the code transports protons (∼0.3–10 MeV) and electrons (∼10 eV–10 keV) in a water medium in the gas phase approximation. For the type of particles and energy range considered, ionization, electronic excitation and electron elastic scattering are the most important collision events accounted for in the transport simulation. Efforts were made to ensure that the analytic representation of the various interaction cross sections rests on well established experimental data and theory. For example, the secondary-electron spectrum as well as partial and total ionization cross sections are represented by a semitheoretical formulation combining Bethe’s asymptotic expansion and binary-encounter theory.

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