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Discrete Dipole Scattering (DDSCAT) is a Fortran code for calculating scattering and absorption of light by irregular particles and periodic arrangement of irregular particles.

Required Modules

modules documentation


  • intel/2013
  • ddscat


  • intel/2013
  • openmpi/1.6.5
  • ddscat

System Variables

  • HPC_DDSCAT_DIR - installation directory
  • HPC_DDSCAT_BIN - program executable directory


If you publish research that uses DDSCAT you have to cite it as follows:

  • Review paper is available from J. Opt. Soc. Am. site. Draine, B.T., & Flatau, P.J., "Discrete dipole approximation for scattering calculations", J. Opt. Soc. Am. A, 11, 1491-1499 (1994)
  • Draine, B.T., & Flatau, P.J., "Discrete-dipole approximation for periodic targets: theory and tests", J. Opt. Soc. Am. A, 25, 2593-2703 (2008).
  • P. J. Flatau and B. T. Draine, "Fast near field calculations in the discrete dipole approximation for regular rectilinear grids," Opt. Express 20, 1247-1252 (2012)