Detecting Critical Regions in Scalar Fields

title="Detecting Critical Regions in Scalar Fields",
booktitle="Data Visualization 2003 (Proceedings of VisSym)",
author="Gunther H. Weber AND Gerik Scheuermann AND Bernd Hamann ",
editor=" Georges-Pierre Bonneau AND Stefanie Hahmann AND Charles D. Hansen ",
organization="EUROGRAPHICS and IEEE TCVG",
publisher="Association for Computing Machinery",
address="New York, New York",
location="Grenoble, France",
eventtime="May 26--28, 2003",
abstract="Trivariate data is commonly visualized using isosurfaces or direct volume rendering. When exploring scalar fields by isosurface extraction is often difficult to choose isovalues that convey "useful" information. The significance of visualizations using direct volume rendering depends on the choice of good transfer functions. Understanding and using isosurface topology can help in identifying "relevent" isovalues for visualization via isosurfaces and can be used to automatically generate transfer functions. Critical isovalues indicate changes in topology of an isosurface: the creation of new surface components, merginig of surface components or the formation of holes in a surface component. Interseting isosurfaces are usually limited to isolated critical points. Data sets often contain regiions of constant value (i.e., mesh edges, mesh faces or entire mesh cells). We present a method that detects critical points, critical regions and corresponding critical isovalues for a scalar field defined by piecewise trilinear interpolation over a uniform rectilinear grid. We describe how to use the resulting list of critical regions/points and associated values to examine trivariate data.",
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