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On Mesh-Free Valley Surface Extraction with Application to Low Frequency Sound Simulation

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5 Author(s)
Obermaier, H. ; Univ. of California Davis, Davis, CA, USA ; Mohring, J. ; Deines, E. ; Hering-Bertram, M.
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Crease surfaces describe extremal structures of 3D scalar fields. We present a new region-growing-based approach to the meshless extraction of adaptive nonmanifold valley and ridge surfaces that overcomes limitations of previous approaches by decoupling point seeding and triangulation of the surface. Our method is capable of extracting valley surface skeletons as connected minimum structures. As our algorithm is inherently mesh-free and curvature adaptive, it is suitable for surface construction in fields with an arbitrary neighborhood structure. As an application for insightful visualization with valley surfaces, we choose a low frequency acoustics simulation. We use our valley surface construction approach to visualize the resulting complex-valued scalar pressure field for arbitrary frequencies to identify regions of sound cancellation. This provides an expressive visualization of the topology of wave node and antinode structures in simulated acoustics.

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Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 2 )