WARNING: The following feature is not yet implemented but it under review. If you have any comments on this feature, tell me. The feature is not essential and can be simulated even in 8.0 via an ideal grid placed on the axis and adding two instances of a fast adjustable array (e.g. .PA0 and .PB0 or efield_adjust segment that inverts the potential in -X).
In 8.1.0, potential arrays support anti-mirroring as an option. This is like the mirroring option but potentials have opposite polarity on opposite sides of the plane. For example, X anti-mirroring means that Φ (x,y,z) = - Φ (-x,y,z) for all points (x,y,z). For things like hexapoles, this halves memory usage without the workaround in 8.0.
A PA with X antimirroring is designated with [-x] on the display, as opposed to [+x] for regular mirroring.
For x antimirroring
P4 P0 P2 (and P6 and P5 in front and back of P0) P3
P0 = (1/2)[P3 + P4] for 2D
P0 = (1/4)[P3 + P4 + P5 + P6] for 3D
PA File Format¶
In 8.1.0, the following additional bits in the mirror field in the PA header structure allow antimirroring (see the “Files used by SIMION” appendix of the SIMION 7.0 or 8.0 user manual for details):
ANTIMIRROR_X = (1<<29) ANTIMIRROR_Y = (1<<30) ANTIMIRROR_Z = (1<<31)