Infoscience

Student project

The Neutron Scattering Structure Factor

In the experience of neutron scattering, the structure factor is a value that can be almost directly measured (through the differential inelastic neutron scattering cross section). Thus it can be interesting to have a calculation which could give a theoretical point of view, even if the system used in the calculation cannot be as complex as in the real case. Although this calculation (of a simplified system) could be a bad representation of the real system, it is already a point of comparison which yields finally to a better understanding. The present work has the aim to provide a useful matlab code for the computation of the structure factor of small magnetic cluster in “spin-only” scattering. A concrete exemple and the result for a special configuration will be also given.

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