l_{max} and cluster size |

*l*_{max} is the maximum angular momentum quantum number
used in the calculation. This must be taken as a finite number, large
enough to guarantee convergence.
The figure below gives an idea of the values of *l*_{max} (lower horizontal scale) required for convergence (red curve) as a
function of energy (upper horizontal scale).
In addition, the figure contains the number of atoms needed for
convergence in the cluster size as a function of photoelectron energy.
The relation between *l*_{max} and the photoelectron
energy is established by applying the criterium that
0.511 *E*^{1/2}*r*_{mt}~*l*_{max},
where *r*_{mt} is a typical muffin-tin radius (in Å) of
1.5 Å and *E* is the photoelectron energy (in eV).
The approximate relation between *l*_{max} and the cluster size
is derived from the universal inelastic mean free path (imfp),
which is in turn a function of *E*, by assuming a cluster
of hemispherical shape and a radius equal to 1.5 times the imfp.
The dashed line separates the region where EDAC is computationally
faster (upper region) from that where the Rehr and Albers approach
(Phys. Rev. B41, 8139 (1990)) is faster (lower region). Notice that
the latter scales as *N*^{3} with the number of atoms,
while EDAC scales as *N*^{2}.