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Virtual fantasy image 'Glasbaum'

A virtual fantasy image titled "Glasbaum"

A virtual fantasy image titled "Glasbaum." The image was created using a ray-tracing method. To create an image, a computer is provided with a description of the 3-D scene that is to be shown. The computer then simulates taking a photo of the scene by tracing the paths of light rays as they bounce around in the virtual scene. The ray-tracing method makes it possible to simulate visual effects such as the interplay of light sources and surfaces, shadows, reflection and refraction. The scene descriptions can range from very simple arrangements of geometric objects, like spheres, cylinders, cones or triangles, to complex models. For example, those generated by computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging methods. (Year of image: 2000)


Credit: Image generated by Oliver Kreylos, Center for Image Processing and Integrated Computing (CIPIC), University of California, Davis. This image does not show an actual C-60 Buckminsterfullerene molecule.

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