13.7. Forward object

The Forward object has not yet been implemented as of version 0.4. Its purpose will be to facilitate the consideration of the effect of scatering angle on double and triple scattering paths arising from a collection of three nearly colinear atoms.

Because there is no way to recalculate any part of the FEFF calculation as part of IFEFFIT's fitting loop, there is no convenient and straightforward way to parameterize the effect of changing scattering angle. That is, it is possible to parwameterize a fitting model in such a way that it considers the possibility that inter-atomic distances change as the parameters of the fit are refined. In such a case, it is possible that the only way to logically resolve the distances to collinear or nearly-collinear paths is to allow the path to buckle.

There are many solutions to this problem. The data analysis program XFIT actually does recompute FEFF during the course of the fit. A number of approximate or interpolative solutions have also been proposed. One involves pre-calculating double and triple scattering paths of thesame length but over a span of scattering angles. These precalculated paths are then used in an interpolative solution. The mixing coefficients (i.e. x and 1-x in a two-point interpolation) are computed from other parameters of the fit. This is explained in detail in my graduate dissertation.

  • P. J. Ellis and H. C. Freeman. \it XFIT – an Interactive EXAFS Analysis Program. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 2(4):190–195, Jul 1995. doi:10.1107/S0909049595006789.

The interpolation methodology explained in my thesis is complicated and error-prone to implement. The FSPath will do all of the rote work required to pre-calculate the paths and parameterize them for the interpolation. The input attributes will llikely be the species of the two scattering atoms, a math expression for calculating the length of the collinear single scattering path to the further of the two scattering atoms, and a math expression for computing the scattering angle. The math expressions will, of course, depend on the details of your fitting model.


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