Application of the pseudo-spectral time domain method to compute particle single-scattering properties for size parameters up to 200 Academic Article uri icon


  • The applicability, efficiency, and accuracy of the pseudo-spectral time domain (PSTD) method are investigated with specific emphasis on the computation of the single-scattering properties of homogeneous dielectric particles. By truncating the high spectral terms, the Gibbs phenomenon is eliminated, and, consequently, the applicability of the PSTD is enhanced. The PSTD simulations for ice spheres, with moderate refractive indices and size parameters up to 200, are compared with the exact Lorenz-Mie solutions at three wavelengths. In addition, the comparison is extended to a case with an extremely large refractive index (7.150+. i2.914) and size parameters up to 40. Furthermore, the single-scattering properties of randomly oriented spheroids and circular cylinders for size parameters up to 150 and 75, respectively, are calculated with the PSTD in comparison with those computed from the T-matrix method. The aspect ratio of the spheroid and the diameter-to-length ratio of the circular cylinder are 0.5 and 1, respectively. The relative errors, given by the PSTD for these randomly oriented non-spherical particles, are smaller than 2% for the extinction efficiencies and asymmetry factors and less than 30% for the phase function. The PSTD is also employed to compute the phase matrices of randomly oriented hexagonal columns with size parameters of 50 and 100. The simulations show the PSTD to be a robust method for simulating the single-scattering properties of particles with small-to-medium size parameters and for a wide range of refractive indices. 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Liu, C., Panetta, R. L., & Yang, P.

citation count

  • 64

complete list of authors

  • Liu, Chao||Panetta, R Lee||Yang, Ping

publication date

  • September 2012