Scattering from a monolayer of monodisperse cylinders, positioned according to the radial paracrystal model.
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The interference function of a radial paracrystal is used to model cumulative disorder of interparticle distances. It is called radial to stress the fact that it only takes into account the radial component of the scattering vector.
Each circle on the plot above represents the area where the probability to find a particle, given a particle at the origin, is above some arbitrary threshold. The growing size of the areas emphasizes the fact the our knowledge about next neighbor’s location decreases with the distance to the origin.
The BornAgain user manual (Chapter 3.5, Paracrystal) details the theoretical model and gives some links to the literature.
The radial paracrystal is parameterized by the position distribution of the nearest neighbor centered at the peak distance. On the plot below the halfwidth of this distribution is marked as $\omega$ and the center is marked with “Peak Distance”. The probability distributions of finding other particles to the right are deduced from accumulating position uncertanties of previous particles in the chain.
To create the interference function of a radial paracrystal the following constructor has to be used.
InterferenceFunctionRadialParacrystal(peak_distance, damping_length=0)
"""
peak_distance Average distance to the next neighbor in nanometers
damping_length The damping (coherence) length of the paracrystal in nanometers.
"""
The parameter damping_length
is used to introduce finite size effects by applying a multiplicative coefficient equal to exp(peak_distance/damping_length)
to the Fourier transform of the probability density of a nearest neighbor. damping_length
is equal to 0 by default and, in this case, no correction is applied. On the plot above the damping length is provisionally depicted as an area contributing to the scattering.
To account for next neighbor position uncertainty a probability distribution (Fourier transform of probability density) should be assigned to the interference function. This is done using the setProbabilityDistribution(pdf)
method of the radial paracrystal interference function.
iff = InterferenceFunctionRadialParacrystal(10.0*nm, 1000.0*nm)
iff.setProbabilityDistribution(FTDistribution1DCauchy(30.0*nm))
The following distributions are available
# Fourier transform of CauchyLorentzian
FTDistribution1DCauchy(omega)
# Fourier transform of a Gaussian
FTDistribution1DGauss(omega)
# Fourier transform of a gate distribution
FTDistribution1DGate(omega)
# Fourier transform of a triangle distribution
FTDistribution1DTriangle(omega)
# Fourier transform of a pseudoVoigt distribution: eta*Gauss + (1eta)*Cauchy
FTDistribution1DVoigt(omega, eta)
The parameter omega
is used to set the halfwidth of the distribution in nanometers. In the case of the pseudoVoigt distribution an additional dimensionless parameter eta
is used to balance between the Gaussian and Cauchy profiles.
The interference function of a radial paracrystal provides a way to calculate the scattering from a finite portion of the paracrystal using the setDomainSize
(nm) method. The resulting behaviour is similar to the case when damping_length
is used (the difference in computation is explained in the user manual). In the code snippet below, the paracrystal is created without specifying the damping_length
, and then the setDomainSize
method is used to introduce the alternative mechanism for finite size corrections.
iff = InterferenceFunctionRadialParacrystal(10.0*nm)
iff.setProbabilityDistribution(FTDistribution1DCauchy(30.0*nm))
iff.setDomainSize(10000*nm)
During the simulation setup the particle density has to be explicitely specified by the user for correct normalization of overall intensity. This is done by using ParticleLayout.setParticleDensity(density)
method. The density parameter is given here in “number of particles per square nanometer”.
To be written
To Initialize InterferenceFunctionRadialParacrystal in the graphical user interface, the corresponding object has to be connected with ParticleLayout and the corresponding parameters (PeakDistance, DampingLength and parameters of probability density function) have to be adjusted in the property editor.