Opened 6 years ago

Closed 6 years ago

#1190 closed defect (invalid)

documentation for magnetism need update

Reported by: richardh Owned by: smk78
Priority: minor Milestone: SasView 4.3.0
Component: SasView Keywords:
Cc: Work Package: SasView Documentation


docs for magnetism need changing as they claim that magnetism only works for 5 models, when in fact they should now work for all discrete particles i.e. all of cylinder, ellipsoid, parallelepiped & sphere categories.

Magnetic sld's are automatically generated for any parameter name starting sld_.

Except need to check whether there are any pure python models - see #1048

Paul K said: The calculation works by setting the effective SLD for each particle SLD based on the spin and scattering angle of the neutron and the angle of the magnetic field for that SLD. The scattering patterns for the different spin states (++, +-, -+, —) are then added proportionally. Assuming uniform magnetism within each particle component, I see no reason that this wouldn't apply to all particle types.

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comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by smk78

@richardh, which docs are you referring to please?

The docs just released with 4.2.0 say (this is from Writing a Plugin Model):

Magnetism is supported automatically for all shapes by modifying the effective SLD of 
particle according to the Halpern-Johnson vector describing the interaction between 
neutron spin and magnetic field. All parameters marked as type sld in the parameter 
table are treated as possibly magnetic particles with magnitude M0 and direction 
mtheta and mphi. Polarization parameters are also provided automatically for magnetic 
models to set the spin state of the measurement.

For more complicated systems where magnetism is not uniform throughout the individual 
particles, you will need to write your own models. You should not mark the nuclear sld 
as type sld, but instead leave them unmarked and provide your own magnetism and 
polarization parameters. For 2D measurements you will need (qx,qy) values for the 
measurement to compute the proper magnetism and orientation, which you can implement 
using Iqxy(qx, qy, par1, par2, ...).

And Polarisation/Magnetic Scattering says:

Models which define a scattering length density parameter can be evaluated as magnetic 
models. In general, the scattering length density (SLD = β) in each region where the 
SLD is uniform, is a combination of the nuclear and magnetic SLDs and, for polarised 
neutrons, also depends on the spin states of the neutrons.

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by pkienzle

Emphasis on parameter type instead of parameter name. So long as has "sld" in the fifth column, then the parameter can have a magnetic moment, even if it's name does not start with sld_.

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by richardh

  • Resolution set to invalid
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Apologies for great confusion caused,  somehow I must have been looking at the docs for 4.1.2 where it says only 5 models have magnetism instead of docs for 4.2 as given by Steve above. 

The only 5 models part still needs sorting in 5.0, see Jira issue 1199.

Meanwhile I will close this issue as invalid.

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