DDSCAT 7.7.2

Discrete Dipole Scattering (DDSCAT) is a Fortran code for calculating scattering and absorption of light by irregular particles and periodic arrangement of irregular particles. It has been jointly developed by Bruce T. Draine (Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University) and Piotr J. Flatau (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD).

Accessing the software

To load the module:

$ module load apps/ddscat/v7.2.2

An example command to include in your job script:


The following commands are also available

  • calltarget (target display and generation)
  • readnf (near field 1 dimensional and 3 dimensional target display)
  • vtrconvert (conversion of DDSCAT shape file to VTK format)

Accessing Previous Versions

Wherever possible, previous versions of this application will be retained for continuity, especially for research projects that require a consistent version of the software throughout the project. Such versions, however, may be unsupported by IT Services or the applications vendor, and may be withdrawn at short or no notice if they can no longer run on the cluster - for example, essential operating system upgrades may be incompatible with old versions.

At present there are no previous versions of this application on the BlueBEAR service.

Known Problems & Limitations


Other Information

The Support Level for this application is An.

Visit the DDSCAT website for more information regarding this application.

Last modified: 16 November 2017