DAMMIF, a program for rapid ab-initio shape determination in small-angle scattering

J Appl Crystallogr. 2009 Apr 1;42(Pt 2):342-346. doi: 10.1107/S0021889809000338. Epub 2009 Jan 24.


DAMMIF, a revised implementation of the ab-initio shape-determination program DAMMIN for small-angle scattering data, is presented. The program was fully rewritten, and its algorithm was optimized for speed of execution and modified to avoid limitations due to the finite search volume. Symmetry and anisometry constraints can be imposed on the particle shape, similar to DAMMIN. In equivalent conditions, DAMMIF is 25-40 times faster than DAMMIN on a single CPU. The possibility to utilize multiple CPUs is added to DAMMIF. The application is available in binary form for major platforms.

Keywords: DAMMIF; DAMMIN; computer programs; particle shape determination; small-angle scattering.