This shape of detector represents a portion of a sphere, defined by the range of $\phi$ and $\alpha$ angles as shown in the plot below. The sphere has its center located at the origin of the sample coordinate system.
A GISAS or off-specular simulation creates a spherical detector by default. To set its parameters the method
setDetectorParameters should be used
setDetectorParameters(n_phi, phi_min, phi_max, n_alpha, alpha_min, alpha_max) """ Sets detector parameters using angle ranges n_phi : number of phi-axis bins phi_min : low edge of first phi-bin phi_max : upper edge of last phi-bin n_alpha : number of alpha-axis bins alpha_min : low edge of first alpha-bin alpha_max : upper edge of last alpha-bin """
All angles are expressed in radians. For convenience, a special
deg multiplier can be used to define the detector range directly in degrees. For example, the following code snippet
simulation = GISASSimulation() simulation.setDetectorParameters(20, -1.0*deg, 1.0*deg, 10, 0.0*deg, 1.0*deg)
will create a detector plane with a total number of bins equal to 200 and with a fixed bin size equal to
0.1*deg along both directions
Here, the vertical and horizontal lines denote bin boundaries while blue dots show the bin centers. During the simulation, the bin intensity will be calculated for values of $\phi_f$ and $\alpha_f$ corresponding to the bin centers and then normalized to the bin area.
GISASSimulation has a special setting to calculate the intensity in a bin as the 2D integral along the detector bin area. This mode will be explained elsewhere.
The detector can be initialized separately and then later assigned to the simulation object as shown in the script below. The results will be exactly the same as in the previous example
detector = SphericalDetector(20, -1.0*deg, 1.0*deg, 10, 0.0*deg, 1.0*deg) simulation = GISASSimulation() simulation.setDetector(detector)
It is possible to create a spherical detector with a non-equidistant binning. This is done by creating custom axes and using them as
There are two basic axis types in BornAgain:
VariableBinAxis. Their signatures are shown in the code snippet below.
FixedBinAxis(name, nbins, start, end) """ Constructs an axis with fixed bin size name : The name of the axis nbins : Number of axis bins start : Low edge of first bin end : Upper edge of last bin """ VariableBinAxis(name, nbins, bin_boundaries) """ Constructs an axis with variable bin size name : The name of the axis nbins : Number of axis bins bin_boundaries : Array of size nbins+1 containing low-edges for each bin and upper edge of last bin. """
In the following example we create a
SphericalDetector with two axes: an x-axis with variable bin size and a y-axis with fixed bin size. The code and resulting detector plane are shown below.
nxbins = 13 xedges = [-1.0*deg, -0.7*deg, -0.5*deg, -0.3*deg, -0.2*deg, -0.1*deg, -0.025*deg, 0.025*deg, 0.1*deg, 0.2*deg, 0.3*deg, 0.5*deg, 0.7*deg, 1.0*deg] xaxis = VariableBinAxis("my-x-axis", nxbins, xedges) yaxis = FixedBinAxis("my-y-axis", 10, 0.0, 10.) detector = SphericalDetector() detector.setDetectorAxes(xaxis, yaxis) simulation = GISASSimulation() simulation.setDetector(detector)