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Theory models for small angle scattering.

The models provided are usable directly in the bumps fitting package and in the sasview analysis package. If OpenCL is available, the models will run much faster. If not, then precompiled versions will be included with the distributed package. New models can be added if OpenCL or a C compiler is available.


The easiest way to use sasmodels is from SasView.

You can also install sasmodels as a standalone package in python. Use miniconda or anaconda to create a python environment with the sasmodels dependencies:

$ conda create -n sasmodels -c conda-forge numpy scipy matplotlib pyopencl

The option -n sasmodels names the environment sasmodels, and the option -c conda-forge selects the conda-forge package channel because pyopencl is not part of the base anaconda distribution.

Activate the environment and install sasmodels:

$ conda activate sasmodels
(sasmodels) $ pip install sasmodels

Install bumps if you want to use it to fit your data:

(sasmodels) $ pip install bumps


Check that the works:

(sasmodels) $ python -m cylinder

To show the orientation explorer:

(sasmodels) $ python -m sasmodels.jitter

Documentation is available online as part of the SasView fitting perspective as well as separate pages for individual models. Programming details for sasmodels are available in the developer documentation.

Fitting Example

The example directory contains a radial+tangential data set for an oriented rod-like shape.

To load the example data, you will need the SAS data loader from the sasview package. This is not yet available on PyPI, so you will need a copy of the SasView source code to run it. Create a directory somewhere to hold the sasview and sasmodels source code, which we will refer to as $SOURCE.

Use the following to install sasview, and the sasmodels examples:

(sasmodels) $ cd $SOURCE
(sasmodels) $ conda install git
(sasmodels) $ git clone
(sasmodels) $ git clone

Set the path to the sasview source on your python path within the sasmodels environment. On Windows, this will be:

(sasmodels)> set PYTHONPATH="$SOURCE\sasview\src"
(sasmodels)> cd $SOURCE/sasmodels/example
(sasmodels)> python -m bumps.cli cylinder --preview

On Mac/Linux with the standard shell this will be:

(sasmodels) $ export PYTHONPATH="$SOURCE/sasview/src"
(sasmodels) $ cd $SOURCE/sasmodels/example
(sasmodels) $ bumps cylinder --preview

The model accepts up to two arguments. The first argument is the model type, which has been defined for cylinder, capped_cylinder, core_shell_cylinder, ellipsoid, triaxial_ellipsoid and lamellar. The second argument is view, which can be radial or tangential. To fit both radial and tangential simultaneously, use the word "both".

See bumps documentation for detailed instructions on running the fit.

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