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Topological correction of hypertextured implicit surfaces for ray casting

By M.N. Gamito and S.C. Maddock

Abstract

Hypertextures are a useful modelling tool in that they\ud can add three-dimensional detail to the surface of otherwise\ud smooth objects. Hypertextures can be rendered as implicit\ud surfaces, resulting in objects with a complex but well\ud defined boundary. However, representing a hypertexture as\ud an implicit surface often results in many small parts being\ud detached from the main surface, turning an object into a\ud disconnected set. Depending on the context, this can detract\ud from the realism in a scene where one usually does not\ud expect a solid object to have clouds of smaller objects floating around it. We present a topology correction technique, integrated in a ray casting algorithm for hypertextured implicit surfaces, that detects and removes all the surface components that have become disconnected from the main surface. Our method works with implicit surfaces that are C2 continuous and uses Morse theory to find the critical points of the surface. The method follows the separatrix lines joining the critical points to isolate disconnected components

Publisher: IEEE
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:3561

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