Elongated particles, or ripples, are typically used to model lamellar cuts or gratings.

As everywhere else in BornAgain only single scattering in the DWBA is simulated. This can be insufficient for periodic gratings that cause noticeable higher-order diffraction. But for the foreseeable future, multiple-scattering effects are not in the scope of BornAgain.

We choose ripples to be elongated in $x$ direction. Different profiles in the $YZ$ plane can be set, for example, bar, cosine, sawtooth. For each of them, different profiles can also be chosen in the $XZ$ plane.

The approach to setting the ripple profiles will be changed soon


Form factor is computed as

$$ F(\mathbf{q}) = f_\parallel(q_x) f_\bot(q_y,q_z) $$

The longitudinal factor $ f_\parallel $ is defined in $XZ$ plane for the following shapes:


$$ f_\parallel(q_x)=L \space \text{sinc}(q_xL/2) $$


$$ f_\parallel(q_x)= \space \frac{L}{\sqrt{2 \pi}} \text{e}^{- \frac{{(q_x L)}^{2}}{2}} $$


$$ f_\parallel(q_x)= \space \frac{L}{1+{(q_x L)}^{2}} $$

The transversal factor $ f_\bot(q_y,q_z) $ is defined by the ripple type


Full documentation and API support for all ripple form factors appeared in BornAgain 1.17. Before that release, the Lorentz factor $ f_\parallel $ had an extra factor of 2.5. The Gauss factor $ f_\parallel $ was completely wrong up through BornAgain 20.