Newton’s Colors: Simulating Interference Phenomena in Realistic Image Synthesis

  • Brian E. Smits
  • Gary W. Meyer
Part of the EurographicSeminars book series (FOCUS COMPUTER)


The laws of physics that govern thin film interference are reviewed and the colors in nature that are produced by this mechanism are simulated. An efficient technique for adjusting out of gamut colors is developed and is applied to the problem of synthesizing the highly saturated interference colors. Common examples of thin film interference are reproduced, including the iridescent colors created by multiple film layers.


Path Difference Spectral Energy Distribution Soap Film Interference Phenomenon Soap Bubble 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian E. Smits
    • 2
  • Gary W. Meyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer and Information ScienceUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA
  2. 2.Program of Computer GraphicsCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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