On the Importance of Local-Field Corrections for Polarizable Particles on a Finite Lattice: Application to the discrete dipole approximation

Adel Rahmani, Patrick C. Chaumet, Garnett W. Bryant

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    Abstract

    We investigate the influence of local-field effects on the electromagnetic response of a collection of dipoles. We derive the local-field corrected static polarizability for a collection of dipoles in the case of a scatterer with uniform depolarization. We then use this correction within the discrete dipole approximation to study the scattering of an electromagnetic wave by a spherical particle. The local-field correction leads to a new formulation of the discrete dipole approximation that is exact in the long-wavelength limit and more accurate at finite frequencies. We also discuss the feasibility of a generalization of the local-field correction to arbitrary scatterers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)873-878
    Number of pages6
    JournalAstrophysical Journal
    Volume607
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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