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Bump-mapped vector fields
Author(s): Alex Pang; Naim Alper
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Paper Abstract

We present alternative ways of looking at vector fields that complement existing flow visualization methods. These techniques are based on bump mapping and are simple, easy to compute, and fast to render. For example, in one of the techniques a surface from the vector field is extracted and the directions of the vector values on the surface are normalized and used as surface normals. The shading of the surface provides directional information. By manipulating the position and color of light sources, different regions with particular vector directions can be highlighted or hidden allowing direction based selection. Since the technique simply uses the directions of the vector as surface normals to bump the surface, it can also be used on irregularly sampled flow fields as well as for visualizing flow directions on curved surfaces. The magnitudes of the vector values can be optionally mapped to color.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 April 1995
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2410, Visual Data Exploration and Analysis II, (7 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.205985
Show Author Affiliations
Alex Pang, Univ. of California/Santa Cruz (United States)
Naim Alper, Univ. of California/Santa Cruz (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2410:
Visual Data Exploration and Analysis II
Richard N. Ellson; Georges G. Grinstein; Robert F. Erbacher, Editor(s)

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