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An introduction to PYTHIA 8.2. (English) Zbl 1344.81029
Summary: The Pythia program is a standard tool for the generation of events in high-energy collisions, comprising a coherent set of physics models for the evolution from a few-body hard process to a complex multiparticle final state. It contains a library of hard processes, models for initial- and final-state parton showers, matching and merging methods between hard processes and parton showers, multiparton interactions, beam remnants, string fragmentation and particle decays. It also has a set of utilities and several interfaces to external programs. Pythia 8.2 is the second main release after the complete rewrite from Fortran to C++, and now has reached such a maturity that it offers a complete replacement for most applications, notably for LHC physics studies. The many new features should allow an improved description of data.

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81-04 Software, source code, etc. for problems pertaining to quantum theory
81-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to quantum theory
81-08 Computational methods for problems pertaining to quantum theory
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