Ion Optics Software

Astrid Berens

A list of ion optics software available on the internet including information on licensing.


Simulation code for ion beam guiding processes

2D and 3D simulation code, employing Monte-Carlo and molecular dynamics simulation methods, of the guiding, steering and focusing of an ion beam using an insulating capillary as passive electrostatic lens.

Author links open overlay panelG.U.L.Nagy, I.Rajta, K.T?kési. Temporal evolution of the energy spectrum of proton microbeam guided through an insulating macrocapillary. DOI

G.U.L.Nagy, S.Z.Szilasi, I.Rajta, K.T?kési. Simulation of the time evolution of 1 MeV proton microbeam transmission through an insulating macrocapillary. DOI

For more information and access to ATOMKI-Guide, please contact Gyula Nagy at ATOMKI.

COMSOL Multiphysics®

Finite element analysis, solver and multiphysics simulation software.

COMSOL Multiphysics® is a general-purpose simulation software for modeling designs, devices, and processes in all fields of engineering, manufacturing, and scientific research. In addition to using multiphysics modeling for your own projects, you can also turn your models into simulation applications and digital twins for use by other design teams, manufacturing departments, test labs, customers, and more.

Different license options available at


Ion optics simulation

Simulation of beam transport using transfer matrix formalism.

Contact Helmut Weick at GSI for access to GICOSY.


Ion optics and plasma extraction simulation

IBSimu is an ion optical computer simulation package for ion optics, plasma extraction and space charge dominated ion beam transport using Vlasov iteration. The code has several capabilities for solving electric fields in a defined geometry and tracking particles in electric and magnetic fields.


Ion optics simulation

Fast simulation of beam transport using transfer matrix formalism. LIMIOPTIC is maintained by Alexander Stolz.


Field and particle trajectory simulator

SIMION is an Ion and Electron Optics Simulator. SIMION is a software package primarily used to calculate electric fields and the trajectories of charged particles in those fields when given a configuration of electrodes with voltages and particle initial conditions, including optional RF (quasistatic), magnetic field, and collisional effects. In this, SIMION provides extensive supporting functionality in geometry definition, user programming, data recording, and visualization. It is an affordable but versatile platform, widely used for over 30 years to simulate lens, mass spec, and other types of particle optics systems.

Different licensing versions are available at


Raytracing simulation of microbeam systems

A simulation tool for modelling the path of charged particles through linear cylindrical multipole fields described by analytical expressions.

Download available for free at

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