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Status report on inclusion of SESANS data analysis in SASVIEW during Sasview Code Camp III (February 2015)

Jurrian Bakker (j.h.bakker@…), Wim Bouwman (w.g.bouwman@…)

April 10, 2015

1. The aim of the code camp

The aim of this work package is to add the ability to analyse SESANS data using SasView. SasView is a software package designed to analyze scattering data by graphical visualization and model fitting in reciprocal (Fourier) space. We will extend this ability by allowing fitting in real space using Hankel transformation of existing SANS models and direct programming of real space scattering models.

The long-term goal is to enable co-analysis of SANS and SESANS data. SESANS can be used to increase the accuracy of low-Q data in a SANS experiment; conversely, SANS data can be used to decrease experimental error at low length scales in a SESANS experiment. If structural models could be fitted in both real space and Fourier space simultaneously, SANS and SESANS data would provide structural information at complementary length scales. The work was divided into several stages:

  1. Definition of data format (Section 2).
  2. Enable dataloader package to read SESANS data and represent it in a suitable structure.
  3. Wrap SANS models into a SESANS data analysis wrapper to calculate the projected correlation functions numerically from model parameters.
  4. Combine the dataloader and SESANS data analysis wrapper with BUMPS in fitting scripts.
  5. Enable fitting of SESANS data through SasView GUI

The first four tasks have been completed to some extent: a data format is proposed and a dataloader was created for this format (Section 2). Further scripts will need to be written to convert instrument output data into this data format. SESANS wrapper is able to combine with BUMPS to fit SESANS data read in by the dataloader with some tweaks (Section 6). It was decided that inclusion of SESANS analysis into the Sasview GUI would be too early at this stage, since the Sasview GUI will undergo heavy rewriting to clean up the code and create a more user-friendly interface.

So in conclusion: we have now the possibility to use the models available in sasmodels to analyse SESANS-measurements in the command line in a developers environment. It is good for the experts, but not yet for users.

2. Data format

The current file extension is .ses or .sesans (not case sensitive). Our preliminary suggestion for the file format is to have a list of name-value pairs as a header at the top of the file, detailing general experimental parameters necessary for fitting and analyzing data. This list should contain all information necessary for the file to be ’portable’ between users.

Following that is a 6 column list of instrument experimental variables:

  • Spin echo length (δ, in Angstroms)
  • Spin echo length error (∆δ, in Angstroms) (experimental resolution)
  • neutron wavelength (λ, in Angstroms) (essential for ToF instruments)
  • neutron wavelength error (∆λ, in Angstroms)
  • Normalized polarization (P/P0, unitless)
  • Normalized polarization error (∆(P/P0), unitless) (measurement error)

The neutron wavelength appears in both scattering power (Σ) and spin echo length (δ), making data analysis more complicated for Time-of-Flight SESANS than for Monochromatic SESANS.

Σ = λ2t(∆ρ0)2φ(1 − φ)ξ (1)

δ = cλ2BL/(2π tan (θ0)) (2)

After discussion with partners (DUT/ISIS/ESS/ORNL, etc.), we might add more items to the header. Extending the header will not be a problem, since the dataloader has been written to allow for a 2-column header of arbitrary length.

2.1 Example Data File

At the moment, the data file is a tab-separated text file. Using tab as a separator elegantly avoids problems with whitespaces and special characters when parsing the data (keeps the dataloader code short, simple and flexible).

DataFileTitle? Polystyrene of Markus Strobl, Full Sine, ++ only

Sample Polystyrene 2 um in 53% H2O, 47% D2O

Settings D1=D2=20x8 mm,Ds = 16x10 mm (WxH), GF1 =scanning, GF2 = 2.5 A. 2 um polystyrene in 53% H2O, 47% D2O; 8.55% contrast

Operator CPD

Date ma 7 jul 2014 18:54:43

ScanType? sine one element scan

Thickness [mm] 2

Q_zmax [\AA-1] 0.05

Q_ymax [\AA-1] 0.05

spin echo length [nm] error SEL wavelength [nm] error wavelength polarisation error pol

49.778 2.4889 0.211 0.01055 0.99782 0.0044367

63.041 3.152 0.211 0.01055 1.0026 0.0047862

76.487 3.8244 0.211 0.01055 0.99601 0.0060598

89.847 4.4924 0.211 0.01055 0.99175 0.0058257

103.41 5.1705 0.211 0.01055 0.99543 0.0060966

116.95 5.8475 0.211 0.01055 0.99512 0.0048106


3. Dataloader

The data loader uses the data file and parses it for use in Sasview (plotting only for now) and loading into BUMPS (for data fitting). Future changes to the Sasview source code should have minimal or no impact on the code of the dataloader.

One new file was created in the Sasview source code to load in data:

Three existing files of the source code were modified:

  • added the SESANSData1D class to handle SESANS data as opposed to Data1D or Data2D for SANS/SAXS data. Added the plottable sesans1D class to handle SESANS plots.
  • defaults.json:: added default file extension .ses to allow automatic detection of SESANS data files; this is not yet working as intended.

4. Wrapper from SAS model to SESANS in absolute units

The conversion from SANS into SESANS in absolute units is a simple Hankel transformation when all the small-angle scattered neutrons are detected. First we calculate the Hankel transform including the absolute intensities by

, (3)

in which J0 is the zeroth order Bessel function, δ the spin-echo length, Q the wave vector transfer and dΣ/dΩ(Q) the scattering cross section in absolute units. This is a 1-dimensional integral, which can be rather fast. In the numerical calculation we integrate from Qmin = 0.1 × 2π/Rmax in which Rmax will be model dependent. We determined the factor 0.1 by varying its value until the value of the integral was stable. This happened at a value of 0.3. The have a safety margin of a factor of three we have choosen the value 0.1. For the solid sphere we took 3 times the radius for Rmax. The real integration is performed to Qmax which is an instrumental parameter that is read in from the measurement file. From 3 we can calculate the polarisation that we measure in a SESANS experiment:

P(δ) = et(λπ )2(Ge(δ)−Ge(0)), (4)

in which t is the thickness of the sample and λ is the wavelength of the neutrons. For collimation by a supermirror analyser the Qmax will be fixed.

Two new files were created for fitting the SESANS data:

The file containing the fit model and parameter boundaries to be used in the fitting

The file containing the Hankel transform

5. Combination of dataloader with wrapper to fit in command line with bumps

Install the sasview and sasmodels source code (description in Section 6 Make sure you have a Git Bash prompt open and that your path is in the sasmodels folder.

Now it’s time to use BUMPS for SESANS fitting: Place the .ses (or .sesans) file that you wish to fit into the ’sasmodels/example/’ folder and enter the following into the command-line:

./ example/ —preview (for a quick preview of the fit) (something should appear on your screen if the installation was successful)

Figure 1: a window showing a plot of SESANS data in the current version of Sasview

./ example/ —edit (for interactive GUI mode).

./ example/ —fit=amoeba -edit (a very good fitting algorithm).

Note that you can also call up a help menu using the -help option, we give no guarantees that any of the options given by help, other than those listed above, will work though: BUMPS is still a work in progress. Best of luck with your SESANS fitting!

Appendix 1: Installation Guide

For the moment, Sasview, and with it, the SESANS fitting module can only be used on Windows operating systems. Firstly, follow the [AnacondaSetup?]. Be sure to create a Github account if you have none. After completing the installation of sasview, perform the following steps:

Clone the sasmodels package from github by entering the following into the command-line:

git clone sasmodels

Download Intel Opencl drivers from: and install it (this is to make the BUMPS package work).

From, Download pyopencl- 2015.1-cp27-none-win32.whl Enter the following into the command-line:

pip install pyopencl- 2015.1-cp27-none-win32.whl (make sure to be in the correct directrory, otherwise you need to enter the entire path to it).

For the moment, you will need to perform a small hack of Anaconda. You need to modify [Anaconda directory]/Lib/site-packages/bumps/gui/, line 153: Change line to If False to turn off multi-core support (There is no multi-core support in the current implementation)

In Git Bash (Unix prompt from Git, comes with the Git installation) , navigate to sasmodels folder.

Create file in the sasmodels main directory (easiest method is to open and adjust the appropriate lines, then save as to easily use BUMPS fitting system (this is simply a text file).

Contents are:



set -x

python -m bumps.cli $*


We would like to thank everybody of the SASVIEW team for their patient help with introducing us to this great project. This report is the product of a very intensive collaboration during the code camp 2015 in Copenhagen.