This section gives some short examples to give an idea of things that can be done with the Stoner python module in just a few lines.

The Util module

The Stoner package comes with an extra Stoner.Util module that includes some handy utility functions.

The Data Class

In practice, one often requires both the analysis functions of Stoner.Analysis.AnalysisMixin and the plotting functions of Stoner.plot.PlotMixin. This can be done easily by creating a subclass that inherits from both, but for convenience, the Stoner.Util module provides the Data class that does this for you.:

from Stoner.Core import Data

Splitting Data into rising and falling values

So far the module just contains one function that will take a single Stoner.Core.DataFile object and split it into a series of Stoner.Core.DataFile objects where one column is either rising or falling. This is designed to help deal with analysis problems involving hysteretic data.:

from Stoner.Util import split_up_down

In this example folder is a Stoner.folders.DataFolder instance with two groups, one for rising values of the column and one for falling values of the column. The split_up_down() will take an optional third parameter which is an existing Stoner.Core.DataFolder instance to which the new groups (if they don’t already exist) and files will be added.

Analysis of Hysteresis Loops

Since much of our group’s work is concerned with measuring magnetic hystersis loops, the hysteresis_correct() function provides a handy way to correct some instrumental artifacts and measure properties of hysteresis loops.:

from Stoner.Util import hysteresis_correct

print "Saturation Magnetisation = {}+/-{}".format(e["Ms"],e["Ms Error"])
print "Coercive Field = {}".format(e["Hc"])
print "Remanance = {}".format(e["Remenance"])

The keyword arguments provide options to turn on or off corrections to remove diamagnetic background (and offset in M), and any offset in H (e.g. due to trapped flux in the magnetometer). The latter option is slightly dangerous aas it will also remove the effect of any eexhange bias that moves the coercive field. As well as performing the corrections, the code will add metadata items for:

  • Background susceptibility (from fitting striaght lines to the out part of the data)

  • Saturation magnetisation and uncertainty (also from fitting lines to the out part of the data)

  • Coervice Fields (H for zero M)

  • Remenance (M for zero H)

  • Saturation Fields (H where M deviates by the standard error from saturation)

  • Maximum BH product (the point where -H * M is maximum)

  • Loop Area (from integrating the area inside the hysteresis loop - only valide for complete loops)

Some of these parameters are determined by fitting a straight line to the outer portions of the data (i.e. at the extrema in H). The keyword parameter saturation_fraction controls the extent of the data assumed to be saturated.

Formatting Error Values

In experimental physics, the usual practice (unless one has good reason to do otherwise) is to quote uncertainties in a measurement to one signficant figure, and then quote the value to the same number of decimal places. Whilst doing this might sound simple, actually doing it seems something that many students find difficult. To hep with this task, the Stoner.Util module provides the Stoner.Util.format_error() function.:

from Stoner.Util import format_error
from scipy.constants import hbar,m_e,m_u
print format_error(value,error)
print format_error(m_e,hbar,latex=True)
print format_error(hbar/m_e,hbar/m_u,latex=True,mode="eng")
print format_error(hbar/m_e,hbar/m_u,latex=True,mode="eng",units="Js rads^{-1}kg^{-1})

The simplest form just outputs value+/- error with suitable rounding. Adding the latex keyword argument wraps the output in $…$ and replaces +/- with the equivalent latex math symbol. The mode argument can be eng,*sci* or float*(default). The first uses SI prefixes in presenting the number, the second uses mantissa-exponent notation (or x10^{exponent} in latex mode). The third, default, option does no particular scaling. Finally the units keyword allows the inclusion of the units for the quantity in the string - particularly useful in combination with the *eng mode.

Fitting Tricks

Fitting 3D Data

Stoner.Analysis.AnalysisMixin.curve_fit() can also be used to fit 3D (or higher order) data - i.e. where there are two independent variables. In order to do this, the xcol parameter needs to be an iterable (e.g. list or tuple or array), and the function to be fitted needs to take a tuple of scalars or arrays as the first argument. The following example illustrates this by fitting a plane to a collection of points in 3D space.

"""Use curve_fit to fit a plane to some data."""
from numpy.random import normal
from numpy import linspace, meshgrid, column_stack, array
import as cmap
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

from Stoner import Data

def plane(coord, a, b, c):
    """Function to define a plane."""
    x, y = coord.T
    return c - (x * a + y * b)

coeefs = [1, -0.5, -1]
col = linspace(-10, 10, 8)
X, Y = meshgrid(col, col)
Z = plane(array([X, Y]).T, *coeefs) + normal(size=X.shape, scale=2.0)
d = Data(
    column_stack((X.ravel(), Y.ravel(), Z.ravel())),
    filename="Fitting a Plane",

d.column_headers = ["X", "Y", "Z"]

popt, pcov = d.curve_fit(plane, [0, 1], 2, result=True)
d.setas = "xy.z"

d.plot_xyz(linewidth=0, cmap=cmap.jet)

txt = "$z=c-ax+by$\n"
txt += "\n".join(
    [d.format("plane:{}".format(k), latex=True) for k in ["a", "b", "c"]]

ax = plt.gca(projection="3d")
ax.text(15, 5, -50, txt)

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Fitting to Minimize a Function

If ycol is a numpy array of the same length as the data then the values of ycol are assumed to be the points to fit rather than index of a column. This is useful if the function you want to fit can be written as \(f(x_1,x_2,\cdots ,x_n)=0\). In thus case pass xcol a list or tuple of columns that make up \(x_1,x_2,\cdots ,x_n\) and make your function take a tuple of 1D-arrays and pass ycol as an array of zeros. For example:

"""Fit a sphere with curve_fit."""
from numpy import (
from numpy.random import normal, uniform
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

from Stoner import Data

def transform(r, q, p):
    """Converts from spherical to cartesian co-ordinates."""
    x = r * sin(q) * cos(p)
    y = r * sin(q) * sin(p)
    z = r * cos(q)
    return x, y, z

def sphere(coords, a, b, c, r):
    """Returns zero if (x,y,z) lies on a sphere centred at (a,b,c) with radius r."""
    x, y, z = coords.T
    return (x - a) ** 2 + (y - b) ** 2 + (z - c) ** 2 - r ** 2

# Create some points approximately spherical distribution
p = uniform(low=-pi / 2, high=pi / 2, size=250)
q = uniform(low=-pi, high=pi, size=250)
r = normal(loc=3.0, size=250, scale=0.5)

x, y, z = transform(r, q, p)

x += 3.0
y -= 4.0
z += 2.0

# Construct the  DataFile object
d = Data(
    column_stack((x, y, z)),
    filename="Best fit sphere",
    column_headers=["X", "Y", "Z"],
d.template.fig_width = 5.2
d.template.fig_height = 5.0  # Square aspect ratio

# curve_fit does the hard work
popt, pcov = d.curve_fit(sphere, (0, 1, 2), zeros_like(d.x))

# This manually constructs the best fit sphere
a, b, c, r = popt
p = linspace(-pi / 2, pi / 2, 16)
q = linspace(-pi, pi, 31)
P, Q = meshgrid(p, q)
R = ones_like(P) * r
x, y, z = transform(R, Q, P)
x += a
y += b
z += c

ax = plt.gca(projection="3d")
    x, y, z, rstride=1, cstride=1, color=(1.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.25), linewidth=0

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Other Recipies

Extract X-Y(Z) from X-Y-Z data

In a number of measurement systems the data is returned as 3 parameters X, Y and Z and one wishes to extract X-Y as a function of constant Z. For example, I-V sweeps as a function of gate voltage V:sub:G. Assuming we have a data file with columns Current, Voltage,*Gate*:

for gate in d.unique('Gate'):'Gate',gate)'Data Gate='+str(gate)+'.txt')

The first line opens the data file containing the I-V(V_G) data. The second creates a temporary copy of the Stoner.Core.DataFile object - ensuring that we get a copy of all metadata and column headers. The for loop iterates over all unique values of the data in the gate column and then inside the for loop, searches for the corresponding I-V data, sets it as the data of the temporary DataFile and then saves it.

Mapping X-Y-Z data to Z(X,Y) data

In a similar fashion to the previous section, where data has been recorded with fixed values of X and Y eg I measured for fixed V and V_, it can be useful to map the data to a matrix.:

for gate in d.unique('Gate'):'Gate',gate)[:,d.find_col('Current')]
t.column_headers=['Bias='+str(x) for x in d.unique('Voltage')]
t.add_column(d.unique('Gate'),'Gate Voltage',0)

The start of the script follows the previous section, however this time in the for loop the addition operator is used to add a single row to the temporary Stoner.Core.DataFile t. In this case we are using the utility method Stoner.Core.DataFile.find_col() to find the index of the column with the current data. After the for loop we set the column headers in t and then insert an additional column at the start with the gate voltage values.

The matrix generated by this code is suitable for feeding directly into Stoner.plot.PlotMixin.plot_matrix(), however, the same plot could be generated directly from the Stoner.plot.PlotMixin.plot_xyz() method too.

Sampling a A 3D Surface function

Suppose you have a function Z(x,y) that is defined over a range -X0..+X0 and -Y0..y0 and want to quickly get a view of the surface. This problem can be easily done by creating a random distribution of (x,y) points, evaluating the function and then using the PlotFile methods to generate the surface.:

from Stoner import Data
from numpy import uniform


surf.plot() # or surf.plot(cstride=1,rstride=1,linewidth=0) for finer detail.

Quickly Sectioning a 3D dataset

We often model the magnetic state in our experiments using a variety of micromagnetic modelling codes, such OOMMF or MuMax. When modelling a 3D system, it is often useful to be able to examine a cross-section of the simulation. The Stoner package provides tools to quickly examine the output data:

from Stoner.FileFormats import OVFFile # reads OOMMF vector field files
import Stoner.plot
p=p.section(z=10.5) # Take a slice inthe xy plane where z is 10.5 nm
p.plot() # A 3D plot with cones
p.plot() # a 2D colour wheel plot with triangular glyphs showing vector direction.