We propose an extrapolation technique that allows accuracy improvement of discrete dipole approximation computations. The performance of this technique was studied empirically on the basis of extensive simulations for five test cases using many different discretizations. The quality of the extrapolation improves with refining discretization, reaching extraordinary performance especially for cubically shaped particles. A 2-order-of-magnitude decrease of error is demonstrated. We also propose estimates of the extrapolation error, which are proven to be reliable. Finally, we propose a simple method to directly separate shape and discretization errors and illustrate this for one test case.
© 2006 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 23, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 18, 2006
Maxim A. Yurkin, Valeri P. Maltsev, and Alfons G. Hoekstra, "Convergence of the discrete dipole approximation. II. An extrapolation technique to increase the accuracy," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 23, 2592-2601 (2006)