Since the number of multiple scattering paths gets large very quickly, it is necessary to eliminate as many paths as possible. Fortunately, we have found that most multiple scattering paths have small amplitudes and can be neglected. Various cutoff criteria are used in FEFF8 to limit the number of paths to consider. These criteria are based on the importance of the path, defined as the integral over the full energy range of . Very close to the edge these cutoff criteria should be examined with care and in some cases reduced from the values used for EXAFS.

`critcw`-

This is the cutoff for a full curved wave calculation. A typical curved wave calculation requires a complete spherical wave calculation, which typically takes seconds of CPU time per path. The default value of`critcw`is 4%, meaning that any path with mean amplitude exceeding 4% of the largest path will be used in the calculation of . The criterion`critcw`is used by**genfmt**. Since the XAFS parameter calculation is already done, the savings is not in computation time, but in disk space and ease of analysis. The values of`critcw`for each path are written in the file ``list.dat`' written by module**genfmt**. `critpw`-

This is a plane-wave approximation to . This is extremely fast to calculate, and is used in the pathfinder. The default value of critpw is 2.5, meaning that any path with mean amplitude exceeding 2.5% of the largest path, including degeneracy factors, (in plane wave approximation) will be kept. Any path that does not meet this criterion will not be written to ``paths.dat`', and there is no need to calculate the XAFS parameters for this path. The default for`critpw`is less than that for`critcw`since some paths are more important when the full curved wave calculation is done than they appear in the plane wave approximation. Since the plane wave estimate is extremely fast, use this to filter out as many paths as you can. The file ``crit.dat`' (written by the module**path**) tells you`critpw`for each path that passes the criterion.

CRITERIA 6.0 3.0 * critcw 6%, critpw 3% CRITERIA 0 0 * use all paths (cw and pw criteria turned off)