Fast Visualization of Special Relativistic Effects on Geometry and Illumination

  • Daniel Weiskopf
Conference paper
Part of the Eurographics book series (EUROGRAPH)


This paper describes a novel rendering technique for the special relativistic visualization of the geometry and illumination of fast moving objects. The physical basis consists of the relativistic aberration of light, the Doppler effect, and the searchlight effect. They account for changes of apparent geometry, color, and brightness of the objects. The rendering technique makes use of modern Computer graphics hardware, in particular texture mapping and advanced per-pixel Operations, and allows the visualization of these important special relativistic effects at interactive frame rates.


Lorentz Transformation Texture Mapping Relativistic Transformation Frame Buffer Photon Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Weiskopf
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  1. 1.Institute for Astronomy and AstrophysicsUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany

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