Linear pearls model of scattering from spherical pearls.

Parameter Description Units Default value
scale Source intensity None 1
background Source background cm-1 0.001
radius Radius of the pearls 80
edge_sep Length of the string segment - surface to surface 350
num_pearls Number of the pearls None 3
sld SLD of the pearl spheres 10-6-2 1
sld_solvent SLD of the solvent 10-6-2 6.3

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

This model provides the form factor for \(N\) spherical pearls of radius \(R\) linearly joined by short strings (or segment length or edge separation) \(l\) \((= A - 2R)\). \(A\) is the center-to-center pearl separation distance. The thickness of each string is assumed to be negligible.



The output of the scattering intensity function for the linear_pearls model is given by (Dobrynin, 1996)

\[P(Q) = \frac{\text{scale}}{V}\left[ m_{p}^2 \left(N+2\sum_{n-1}^{N-1}(N-n)\frac{\sin(qnl)}{qnl}\right) \left( 3\frac{\sin(qR)-qR\cos(qR)}{(qr)^3}\right)^2\right]\]

where the mass \(m_p\) is \((SLD_{pearl}-SLD_{solvent})*(volume\ of\ N\ pearls)\). V is the total volume.

The 2D scattering intensity is the same as P(q) above, regardless of the orientation of the q vector.


Fig. 68 1D plot corresponding to the default parameters of the model.


A V Dobrynin, M Rubinstein and S P Obukhov, Macromol., 29 (1996) 2974-2979