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Cut study
Cut study

Create virtually real diamonds
This project focuses on the creation of extreme realistic images and movies of diamonds and their surroundings.
The commercially available systems for visualizing diamonds are limited to nearly real images. These programs are very fast and useful for calculating optical properties of diamond cuts. If we want to create images of photographic quality for use in advertising, education or promotion these programs are not good enough. This project will find methods to improve the realism of the images in a reasonable time frame. The tool to achieve this, ray tracing, has the problem that it is time consuming. Integrating new techniques like bi-directional path tracing and advanced randomized sampling techniques will remove or diminish this disadvantage. Next to algorithm improvements also hardware related techniques and parallel computing will improve the performance.
Ray tracing example
Current status
Algorithm design and testing