GUI Strengths - 3D Surface Plots

This is the most powerful and elaborated utility to see how the magnetization changes during the simulation  process. The concept is the same as in a 2D surface plot. You have a graph of the sample subdivided into cells and the representation of the magnetization vector though a colormap.

The difference between 2D and 3D surface plot is that in the last one you can see the variations of magnetization from different perspectives using additional display options from menu 3D options (which is disabled in 2D surface plots):

  • Vectors: the direction of the magnetization component is represented as a vector. The colour of the vector is set as a function of the magnetization intensity. With this view, you can see how the value and the direction of the magnetization is changing along the simulation process.
  • Surface: in this mode, the application makes a 3D representation with the values of magnetization for each cell. The plot can be rotated to view it from any point of view.


  • Floor: represents the changes of magnetization in a specific plane of the sample. This plot is equivalent to the 2D surface plot.

In all the three modes you can zoom, rotate and move the sample freely by using mouse and keyboard. Also, it is possible to take snapshots and record videos.

There is a Customization window where users can specify some details about how the plot should be displayed. Most options are related to the vectors mode.

If you are dealing with a sample with a big number of cells, you may experiment a low refresh rate of the plot. In this case, you can set a smaller resolution to reduce the number of elements to be painted. This method is known as sub-sampling, and is available from the Customize menu option.

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