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Pre-computed illumination for isosurfaces
Author(s): Kevin M. Beason; Josh Grant; David C. Banks; Brad Futch; M. Yousuff Hussaini
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Paper Abstract

Commercial software systems are available for displaying isosurfaces (also known as level sets, implicit surfaces, varieties, membranes, or contours) of 3D scalar-valued data at interactive rates, allowing a user to browse the data by adjusting the isovalue. We present a technique for applying global illumination to the resulting scene by precomputing the illumination for level sets and storing it in a 3D illumination grid. The technique permits globally illuminated surfaces to be rendered at interactive rates on an ordinary desktop computer with a 3D graphics card. We demonstrate the technique on datasets from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the human brain, confocal laser microscopy of neural tissue in the mouse hippocampus, computer simulation of a Lennard-Jones fluid, and computer simulation of a neutron star.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 January 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6060, Visualization and Data Analysis 2006, 60600B (16 January 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.650849
Show Author Affiliations
Kevin M. Beason, Florida State Univ. (United States)
Josh Grant, Pixar Animation Studios (United States)
David C. Banks, Florida State Univ. (United States)
Brad Futch, Florida State Univ. (United States)
M. Yousuff Hussaini, Florida State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6060:
Visualization and Data Analysis 2006
Robert F. Erbacher; Jonathan C. Roberts; Matti T. Gröhn; Katy Börner, Editor(s)

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