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Calibrate Your Jets


Teaching: 20 min
Exercises: 30 min
  • How do you use Athena tools?

  • Learn about Athena tools.

  • Use the JetCalibTool from the Package to calibrate your jets.

In this session, we’ll learn how to use the JetCalibrationTool to calibrate our jets. This will showcase the usefulness of having central packages accomplishing some of the common tasks.

Using The Calibration Tools

The first step is to implement the jet calibration tool inside our AnalysisPayload program. This is done using the JetCalibTools package, maintained maintained by the JetEtMiss group. They are the ones responsible for deriving the calibrations and systematics, among many things. You can find more information about the tool on the ApplyJetCalibrationR21 twiki page. But don’t take this as an example of a standard ATLAS documentation. The JetEtMiss group is exceptionally good at documenting their work!

The Athena framework provides a common interface for definining tools. They provide functionality for

Initialize the Tool

Start by including the necessary header files to the beginning of your AnalysisPayload.cxx. We will go over what code you are including next.

// jet calibration
#include "AsgTools/AnaToolHandle.h"
#include "JetCalibTools/IJetCalibrationTool.h"

To use a tool, we wrap it inside the asg::AnaToolHandle class. This acts as a smart pointer, with ability to look for existing instances of the tool during initialization. We will refer to this object as a tool handle. This is a templated class, where the template is an interface class. The interface class determines what functions the tool should provide, without actually implementing them. This allows one to easily drop in alternate implementations. For the JetCalibrationTool, the interface class is IJetCalibrationTool. Add the following line near the beginning of your main function.

asg::AnaToolHandle<IJetCalibrationTool> JetCalibrationTool_handle;

So far, we have only declared the tool. We still need to initialize it and create an instance. As part of the initialization, you need to

Start by telling the tool handle that we want to use the JetCalibrationTool implementation with the name “MyCalibrationTool”. The name is important for tool reuse. If another tool handle already exists with the same name, the instance of the tool is shared.


Next let’s configure the tool itself using the latest and greatest available calibration. You can find what the fields mean in the JetCalibrationTool documentation.

JetCalibrationTool_handle.setProperty("JetCollection","AntiKt4EMTopo"                                                  );
JetCalibrationTool_handle.setProperty("ConfigFile"   ,"JES_MC16Recommendation_Consolidated_EMTopo_Apr2019_Rel21.config");
JetCalibrationTool_handle.setProperty("CalibSequence","JetArea_Residual_EtaJES_GSC_Smear"                              );
JetCalibrationTool_handle.setProperty("CalibArea"    ,"00-04-82"                                                       );
JetCalibrationTool_handle.setProperty("IsData"       ,false                                                            );

Finally, create an instance of the JetCalibrationTool class and configure it using the information specified above.


Use the Tool

We next need to loop over all jets in each event and apply the calibration to them before storing them. Locate your jet loop, and add a call to our JetCalibrationTool_handle to calibrate each jet.

// calibrate the jet
xAOD::Jet *calibratedjet;

Once you have calibrated it, save that instead of the original jet object. Make sure to remove the lines containing jew_raw.push_back(*jet) to avoid double counting.

if( myJetTool.isJetGood(calibratedjet) ){

Finally delete the pointer to de-allocate the memory associated with the calibratedjet.

// cleanup
delete calibratedjet;

Memory Management Quiz

Why do we need to delete the calibratedjet object?


We store our calibrated jets in side a std::vector<xAOD::Jet>, which is a list of jet objects and not pointers. Thus when we add a jet to the list, we allocate new memory with a copy of the value pointed to by calibratedjet.

When writing your analysis code, you might want to take a look at shallow copies. These will store a copy of your jet object, but only allocate memory for attributes that you change. Thus being more memory efficient.

Multiple Histograms

Modify the AnalysisPayload program to store the histograms for both calibrated and uncalibrated jet. You might want to create a new class called JetHistograms that manages the two jet histograms for a given jet collection.

Updating the Dependenciy List

AnalysisPayload now uses code from two central packages; AsgTools and JetCalibToolsLib. We need to update our executable target to let CMake know that these are now dependencies.


Your AnalysisPayload/CMakeLists.txt should now contain the following.

ATLAS_ADD_EXECUTABLE ( AnalysisPayload util/AnalysisPayload.cxx
                     LINK_LIBRARIES  xAODEventInfo

Look at the Results

Before running your new code, make a copy of your old results. We will be compare the new histograms with the old ones to understand the effect of calibration.

cp myOutputFile.root uncalibOutputFile.root

Then compile your new code and run!

Key Points

  • There are nice official tools to apply calibrations.