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]]>I've got one last question. What frame does DDSCAT return results for the Q_pr and Q_gamma?

For some context, I'm studying the effects of Q_torque when rotating a cylinder relative to the direction of plane wave propagation, such that it sits in the x-y plane. To do this, I'm varying the target rotation by sweeping theta in the ddscat.par file from 0 to 180 degrees. I'm trying to figure out if a positive torque in z pushes the "top" of the cylinder toward positive x or negative x.

Thanks for the help!

]]>I understand—thank you for the help. I should add thank you for creating and updating DDSCAT! It was a huge part of my PhD work and I've continue to use it in my postdoc.

Thanks,

Matt

If you only want fields *between* spheres in the SPHERES_N option, then you do not need to extend the circumscribing volume, e.g., you can use option

2 = NRFLD (to calculate both E and B)

with

0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

on the line in ddscat.par specifying the fractional extension of the calc. vol.

2. The Q_pr and Q_Gamma vectors are printed out in the files wxxxryyykzzz.sca

See the example SPHERES_N_DOTORQ, where the output file w000r000k000.sca

includes the lines

Qsca*g(1) Qsca*g(2) Qsca*g(3) iter mxiter Nsca

JO=1: 6.3826E-01 -5.1775E-03 1.1536E-02 3 300 769

JO=2: 6.5400E-01 6.4557E-03 -2.7960E-03 3 300 769

mean: 6.4613E-01 6.3907E-04 4.3700E-03

Qtrqinc(1) Qtrqinc(2) Qtrqinc(3) Qtrqsca(1) Qtrqsca(2) Qtrqsca(3) Qtrq(1) Qtrq(2) Qtrq(3)

JO=1: -1.168E-02 2.601E-02 1.089E-01 1.698E-02 -3.945E-02 -4.500E-02 5.304E-03 -1.344E-02 6.395E-02

JO=2: 1.600E-02 -8.209E-02 5.072E-02 1.906E-02 -2.139E-02 -3.471E-02 3.506E-02 -1.035E-01 1.601E-02

mean: 2.158E-03 -2.804E-02 7.983E-02 1.802E-02 -3.042E-02 -3.985E-02 2.018E-02 -5.846E-02 3.998E-02

The net radiative torque is given by the last three columns labeled Qtrq(1-3).

The ddscat.par file in this directory is set up to do the torque calculation.

I have two questions:

1. I'm using the "nSphere" target generation to produce a target without overlapping spheres. I'd like to include nearfield calculations to examine if there's any nearfield interaction between the spheres. For a single sphere, such as the ellipsoid nearfield example, the nearfield calculation extends the computational volume beyond an individual sphere, as specified in the ddscat.par file. However, I'm confused how this works for nSpheres, where dipoles are only placed at sphere locations. Would a nearfield calculation with fractional extensions of 0.5 in all directions expand the computational volume around each sphere or would it somehow expand the computational volume around the entire TUC? Assuming its the former, if I wanted to include sphere-sphere nearfield interactions, should I specify the fractional extension to include nearest neighbor spheres? Or, am I misinterpreting these things?

2. I've been trying to extract the Qrad and Qtorque from calculations. When I include everything (i.e. "DOTORQUE"), the qtable still doesn't include those values. What setting should I double check to make ddscat write the Qrad and Qtorque?

Thank you for the help!

-Matt