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Beyond Clausius-Mossotti - Wave propagation on a polarizable point lattice and the discrete dipole approximation
Draine, B. T.; Goodman, Jeremy
AA(Princeton Univ. Observatory, NJ), AB(Princeton Univ. Observatory, NJ)
Astrophysical Journal, Part 1 (ISSN 0004-637X), vol. 405, no. 2, p. 685-697. (ApJ Homepage)
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Space Radiation
NASA/STI Keywords:
Cosmic Dust, Dielectric Polarization, Electromagnetic Absorption, Electromagnetic Scattering, Electromagnetic Wave Transmission, Interstellar Extinction, Lattices (Mathematics), Cubic Lattices, Fast Fourier Transformations, Finite Element Method, Wave Dispersion
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We derive the dispersion relation for electromagnetic waves propagating on a lattice of polarizable points. From this dispersion relation we obtain a prescription for choosing dipole polarizabilities so that an infinite lattice with finite lattice spacing will mimic a continuum with dielectric constant. The discrete dipole approximation is used to calculate scattering and absorption by a finite target by replacing the target with an array of point dipoles. We compare different prescriptions for determining the dipole polarizabilities. We show that the most accurate results are obtained when the lattice dispersion relation is used to set the polarizabilities.

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