Abstract

The coupled dipole model of scattering by an arbitrary particle has been reformulated in terms of internal scattering processes of all orders. This formalism readily permits physical interpretation of observables and provides a rational basis for making computations more efficient. The calculation of scattering parameters can be simplified by appropriately terminating the infinite series at any order as well as by restricting the summations over the dipolar interaction terms within each order. Large particles can be partitioned into segments so that the scattered field is a superposition of the fields from the segments together with fields due to interactions among dipoles in different segments.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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