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J Opt Soc Am A. 1988 Nov;5(11):1867-72.

Light scattering by an arbitrary particle: the scattering-order formulation of the coupled-dipole method.

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Life Sciences Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico 87545.


The field scattered by an arbitrary particle modeled as an array of coupled dipoles can be expressed as an infinite series in terms of scattering orders. The fields of a given scattering order can be calculated from those of the previous order. When the series converge, the approximate method agrees well with the exact theory for a sphere. The maximum size of the dipolar array that can be used with the method as well as the number of terms required for convergence depends on the relative refractive index and the shape of the particle.

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