# ellipsoid

Ellipsoid of revolution with uniform scattering length density.

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

scale | Source intensity | None | 1 |

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

sld | Ellipsoid scattering length density | 10^{-6}Å^{-2} |
4 |

sld_solvent | Solvent scattering length density | 10^{-6}Å^{-2} |
1 |

radius_polar | Polar radius | Å | 20 |

radius_equatorial | Equatorial radius | Å | 400 |

theta | In plane angle | degree | 60 |

phi | Out of plane angle | degree | 60 |

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

The form factor is normalized by the particle volume

**Definition**

The output of the 2D scattering intensity function for oriented ellipsoids is given by (Feigin, 1987)

where

and

\(\alpha\) is the angle between the axis of the ellipsoid and \(\vec q\), \(V = (4/3)\pi R_pR_e^2\) is the volume of the ellipsoid , \(R_p\) is the polar radius along the rotational axis of the ellipsoid, \(R_e\) is the equatorial radius perpendicular to the rotational axis of the ellipsoid and \(\Delta \rho\) (contrast) is the scattering length density difference between the scatterer and the solvent.

For randomly oriented particles:

To provide easy access to the orientation of the ellipsoid, we define the rotation axis of the ellipsoid using two angles \(\theta\) and \(\phi\). These angles are defined in the cylinder orientation figure. For the ellipsoid, \(\theta\) is the angle between the rotational axis and the \(z\) -axis.

NB: The 2nd virial coefficient of the solid ellipsoid is calculated based on the \(R_p\) and \(R_e\) values, and used as the effective radius for \(S(q)\) when \(P(q) \cdot S(q)\) is applied.

The \(\theta\) and \(\phi\) parameters are not used for the 1D output.

**Validation**

Validation of the code was done by comparing the output of the 1D model to the output of the software provided by the NIST (Kline, 2006).

The implementation of the intensity for fully oriented ellipsoids was validated by averaging the 2D output using a uniform distribution \(p(\theta,\phi) = 1.0\) and comparing with the output of the 1D calculation.

The discrepancy above \(q\) = 0.3 cm^{-1} is due to the way the form factors
are calculated in the c-library provided by NIST. A numerical integration
has to be performed to obtain \(P(q)\) for randomly oriented particles.
The NIST software performs that integration with a 76-point Gaussian
quadrature rule, which will become imprecise at high \(q\) where the amplitude
varies quickly as a function of \(q\). The SasView result shown has been
obtained by summing over 501 equidistant points. Our result was found
to be stable over the range of \(q\) shown for a number of points higher
than 500.

**References**

L A Feigin and D I Svergun.
*Structure Analysis by Small-Angle X-Ray and Neutron Scattering*,
Plenum Press, New York, 1987.