The program pandora is a general-purpose parton-level event generator which includes beamstrahlung, initial state radiation, and full treatment of polarization effects. (An interface to PYTHIA that produces fully hadronized events is described below.) This version includes the SM physics processes:
To download pandora, click this link to receive a tar.gz file. This download contains all C++ files needed to run pandora simulations at the parton level.
Some sample programs are contained in the directories SMexamples, SM3examples, BSMexamples. On a UNIX system, it might well be possible to simply enter one of these directories, type (for the program ttevents.cpp, for example) `make ttevents', and watch the program compile. More often, you will need to do some minor tinkering with the makefile (e.g. change `CC' to `g++' at the top). Programs whose names end in `events' generate a few events and output them to the console. Programs which end in `example' generate a few thousand events and create histograms of their properties as gnuplot (.gp) graphics files.
Pandora treats e+e- reactions only at the parton level. To include hadronization, you need the `pandora_pythia' interface, written by Masako Iwasaki. That can be obtained by following this link. Instructions for download and running of pandora_pythia are given on that page.
A manual for pandora is in preparation. The manual will come in two parts, first, a user's guide to pandora and pandora-pythia, and, second, a documentation of the internal structure of pandora for those who would like to write their own processes. The user's guide is now available from this link.
Some less systematic documentation for pandora can be found in the documentation directory of this distribution. This directory contains a pandora.README file with basic information, It also has notes on the polarization conventions used in pandora, the modification of beam and accelerator parameters, and the (still primitive) SUSY processes included.
The default treatment of initial state radiation and beamstrahlung in pandora is described in more detail in my note LCC-0010. You can access that paper from this link. Please note that the current version of pandora also includes Ohl's CIRCE 1.0 beamstrahlung parametrizations, as well as the option for user-supplied parametrizations.
The current version (3 March 2003) is pandora 2.3. Earlier versions of pandora can be obtained here:
Patches for the current (2.3) PANDORA
Please send comments or questions to Michael E. Peskin.