The final problem to be solved is represented by the cusp points, the case in which the three-point scheme doesn't provide a satisfactory solution because it tends to decrease in an unnatural way the sharpness of the wavefronts. In this case, we reduce the three-point scheme to a two-point one by assuming that one of the exterior points (either A or C, Figure 4) is merged with the point in the middle (B).

cusp
Cusp points. A, B and C are the three
points on the current wavefront. Point O is the previous point on the
ray going through B. The angle CBA is smaller than the angle OBA, and
therefore B is a cusp point. If the angle CBA is closer to 90 degrees
than the angle OBA, then C is merged with B; otherwise, A is merged with
B. The three-point scheme becomes a two-point scheme without any change
in the program.
Figure 4 |

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