# Faddeeva Package

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# Faddeeva / complex error function

Steven G. Johnson has written free/open-source C++ code to compute the **scaled complex error function** *w*(*z*) = *e*^{−z2}erfc(−*iz*), also called the *Faddeeva function* (and also the *plasma dispersion function*), for arbitrary complex arguments *z* to a given accuracy. Download the source code from:

- http://ab-initio.mit.edu/Faddeeva_w.cc (updated 5 October 2012)

## Usage

To use the code, add the following declaration to your C++ source (or header file):

#include <complex> extern std::complex<double> Faddeeva_w(std::complex<double> z, double relerr);

The function `Faddeeva_w(z, relerr)`

computes *w*(*z*) to a desired relative error `relerr`

.

Passing `relerr=0`

(or any `relerr`

less than machine precision ε≈10^{−16}) corresponds to requesting machine precision, and in practice a relative error < 10^{−13} is usually achieved. Specifying a larger value of `relerr`

generally improves performance (at the expense of accuracy).

You should also compile `Faddeeva_w.cc`

and link it with your program, of course.

## Algorithm

We use the algorithm described in the paper:

- Mofreh R. Zaghloul and Ahmed N. Ali, "Algorithm 916: Computing the Faddeyeva and Voigt Functions,"
*ACM Trans. Math. Soft.***38**(2), 15 (2011). Preprint available at arXiv:1106.0151.

Note that this is SGJ's **independent re-implementation** of this algorithm, based on the description in the paper *only*. In particular, we did not refer to (or even download) the author's Matlab implementation (which is under restrictive "semifree" ACM copyright terms and therefore unusable in free/open-source software).

This algorithm requires an external complementary error function erfc(*x*) function for *real* arguments *x* to be supplied as a subroutine. More precisely, it requires the scaled function erfcx(*x*) = *e*^{x2}erfc(*x*). Here, we include an erfcx function derived from the DERFC routine in SLATEC (modified by SGJ to compute erfcx instead of erfc), originally written by W. Fullerton at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

## Test program

To test the code, a small test program is included at the end of `Faddeeva_w.cc`

which tests *w*(*z*) against several known results (from Wolfram Alpha) and prints the relative errors obtained. To compile the test program, `#define FADDEEVA_W_TEST`

in the file (or compile with `-DFADDEEVA_W_TEST`

on Unix) and compile `Faddeeva_w.cc`

. The resulting program prints `SUCCESS`

at the end of its output if the errors were acceptable.

## License

The software is distributed under the "MIT License", a simple permissive free/open-source license:

*Copyright © 2012 Massachusetts Institute of Technology*-
*[Also included are functions derived from derfc in SLATEC (netlib.org/slatec), which "is in the public domain" and hence may be redistributed under these or any terms.]*

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