Polarization-analyzed small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) is a powerful tool for the study of magnetic morphology with directional sensitivity. Building upon polarized scattering theory, this article presents simplified procedures for the reduction of longitudinally polarized SANS into terms of the three mutually orthogonal magnetic scattering contributions plus a structural contribution. Special emphasis is given to the treatment of anisotropic systems. The meaning and significance of scattering interferences between nuclear and magnetic scattering and between the scattering from magnetic moments projected onto distinct orthogonal axes are discussed in detail. Concise tables summarize the algorithms derived for the most commonly encountered conditions. These tables are designed to be used as a reference in the challenging task of extracting the full wealth of information available from polarization-analyzed SANS.
Krycka, Kathryn, Julie Borchers, Yumi Ijiri, Ryan Booth, and Sara Majetich. 2012. "Polarization-analyzed small-angle neutron scattering. II. Mathematical angular analysis." Journal of Applied Crystallography 45(3): 554.
International Union of Crystallography
Journal of Applied Crystallography
Physics and Astronomy
Polarization-analyzed small-angle neutron scattering, Data analysis