# binary_hard_sphere

binary mixture of hard spheres with hard sphere interactions.

Parameter | Description | Units | Default value |
---|---|---|---|

scale | Source intensity | None | 1 |

background | Source background | cm^{-1} |
0.001 |

radius_lg | radius of large particle | Å | 100 |

radius_sm | radius of small particle | Å | 25 |

volfraction_lg | volume fraction of large particle | None | 0.1 |

volfraction_sm | volume fraction of small particle | None | 0.2 |

sld_lg | scattering length density of large particle | 10^{-6}Å^{-2} |
3.5 |

sld_sm | scattering length density of small particle | 10^{-6}Å^{-2} |
0.5 |

sld_solvent | Solvent scattering length density | 10^{-6}Å^{-2} |
6.36 |

The returned value is scaled to units of cm^{-1} sr^{-1}, absolute scale.

**Definition**

The binary hard sphere model provides the scattering intensity, for binary mixture of hard spheres including hard sphere interaction between those particles, using rhw Percus-Yevick closure. The calculation is an exact multi-component solution that properly accounts for the 3 partial structure factors as follows:

where \(S_{ij}\) are the partial structure factors and \(f_i\) are the scattering amplitudes of the particles. The subscript 1 is for the smaller particle and 2 is for the larger. The number fraction of the larger particle, ($x = n2/(n1+n2)$, where \(n\) = the number density) is internally calculated based on the diameter ratio and the volume fractions.

The 2D scattering intensity is the same as 1D, regardless of the orientation of
the *q* vector which is defined as

**NOTE 1:** The volume fractions and the scattering contrasts are loosely
correlated, so holding as many parameters fixed to known values during fitting
will improve the robustness of the fit.

**NOTE 2:** Since the calculation uses the Percus-Yevick closure, all of the
limitations of that closure relation apply here. Specifically, one should be
wary of results for (total) volume fractions greater than approximately 40%.
Depending on the size ratios or number fractions, the limit on total volume
fraction may be lower.

**NOTE 3:** The heavy arithmatic operations also mean that at present the
function is poorly behaved at very low qr. In some cases very large qr may
also be poorly behaved. These should however be outside any useful region of
qr.

The code for this model is based originally on a c-library implementation by the NIST Center for Neutron Research (Kline, 2006).

See the references for details.

**References**

[1] | N W Ashcroft and D C Langreth, Physical Review, 156 (1967) 685-692
[Errata found in Phys. Rev. 166 (1968) 934] |

[2] | S R Kline, J Appl. Cryst., 39 (2006) 895 |

**Authorship and Verification**

**Author:**NIST IGOR/DANSE**Date:**pre 2010**Last Modified by:**Paul Butler**Date:**March 20, 2016**Last Reviewed by:**Paul Butler**Date:**March 20, 2016