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Techniques for scientific animation
Author(s): William M. Coughran; Eric Grosse
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Paper Abstract

We have found three techniques useful for understanding a sequence of two-dimensional simulation results or a static three-dimensional image. An animated sequence of color-level plots often isolates phenomena that are difficult to find in static contour plots; a scheme for selecting equi-spaced colors is presented. Sound can be used to augment animated color-level plots with the values of scalar parameters. When viewing two- and three-dimensional objects, the viewer's perspective can be effectively chosen by 'flying' around an object like a helicopter. These methods have been used for displaying the results of semiconductor simulations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1990
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1259, Extracting Meaning from Complex Data: Processing, Display, Interaction, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19971
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William M. Coughran, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
Eric Grosse, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1259:
Extracting Meaning from Complex Data: Processing, Display, Interaction
Edward J. Farrell, Editor(s)

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