Adaptive Multilevel Splitting for Monte Carlo particle transport
1 CEA Saclay, DEN/DM2S/SERMA/LTSD, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette
2 IRSN, PSN-EXP/SNC, F-92262 Fontenay-aux-Roses
3 Université Paris-Est, CERMICS (ENPC), INRIA, F-77455 Marne-la-Vallée
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Published online: 25 September 2017
In the Monte Carlo simulation of particle transport, and especially for shielding applications, variance reduction techniques are widely used to help simulate realisations of rare events and reduce the relative errors on the estimated scores for a given computation time. Adaptive Multilevel Splitting is one of these variance reduction techniques that has recently appeared in the literature. In the present paper, we propose an alternative version of the AMS algortihm, adapted for the first time to the field of particle tranport. Within this context, it can be used to build an unbiased estimator of any quantity associated with particle tracks, such as flux, reaction rates or even non-Boltzmann tallies. Furthermore, the effciency of the AMS algorithm is shown not to be very sensitive to variations of its input parameters, which makes it capable of significant variance reduction without requiring extended user effort.
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