Rivet – particle-physics MC analysis toolkit

Last Updated on November 5, 2023

Rivet is a system for preservation of particle-collider analysis logic, analysis reinterpretation via MC simulations, and the validation and improvement of Monte Carlo event generator codes. It covers all aspects of collider physics, from unfolded precision measurements to reconstruction-level searches, and physics from the Standard Model to BSM theories, and from perturbative jet, boson and top-quarks to hadron decays, inclusive QCD, and Heavy Ion physics.

It is used by phenomenologists, MC generator developers, and experimentalists on the LHC and other facilities.

This is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • Object-oriented C++ framework for analysis algorithms.
  • Ever-increasing collection of analyses, more than 900 so far…
  • Python interface and suite of user-friendly data handling scripts.
  • Large collection of generator-independent event analysis tools.
  • Automatic caching of expensive calculations, for efficiently running many analyses on each event.
  • Flexible system for fast detector effect simulation in BSM analyses.
  • Close matching of standard observables to experimental analysis definitions.
  • Reference data connection to HepData, avoid hard-coding.

Website: rivet.hepforge.org
Developer: Leif Lonnblad, Andy Buckley, Jon Butterworth
License: GNU General Public License v3.0

Rivet is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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