Abstract

To assess the efficiency and accuracy of light-scattering calculations based on the discrete dipole approximation (DDA) for particles with a real relative refractive index smaller than unity, differential scattering cross sections and scattering efficiency factors were calculated for spherical particles. We performed the calculations for oxide particles and voids embedded in glass and silicon, using the exact scattering theory (Mie scattering) and the DDA. A comparison of the results shows that the DDA is applicable in the above refractive-index regime, and the conditions under which DDA-based calculations can provide scattering data with good accuracy are discussed.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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