I Helenius
Monte Carlo event generation of photon-photon collisions at colliders


In addition to being interesting in itself, the photon-photon interactions will be an inevitable background for the future electron-positron colliders. Thus to be able to quantify the potential of future electron-positron colliders it is important to have an accurate description of these collisions. Here we present our ongoing work to implement the photon-photon collisions in the Pythia 8 event generator. First we introduce photon PDFs in general and then discuss in more detail one particular set we have used in our studies. Then we will discuss how the parton-shower algorithm in Pythia 8 is modified in case of photon beams and how the beam remnants are constructed. Finally a brief outlook on future developments is given.

LU TP 15-44