Global Illumination using Photon Ray Splatting

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Global Illumination using Photon Ray Splatting
We present a novel framework for efficiently computing the indirect illumination in diffuse and moderately glossy scenes using density estimation techniques. Many existing global illumination approaches either quickly compute an overly approximate solution or perform an orders of magnitude slower computation to obtain high-quality results for the indirect illumination. The proposed method improves photon density estimation and leads to significantly better visual quality in particular for complex geometry, while only slightly increasing the computation time. We perform direct splatting of photon rays, which allows us to use simpler search data structures. Since our density estimation is carried out in ray space rather than on surfaces, as in the commonly used photon mapping algorithm, the results are more robust against geometrically incurred sources of bias. This holds also in combination with final gathering where photon mapping often overestimates the illumination near concave g...
Robert Herzog, Vlastimil Havran, Shin-ichi Kinuwak
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Type Journal
Year 2007
Where CGF
Authors Robert Herzog, Vlastimil Havran, Shin-ichi Kinuwaki, Karol Myszkowski, Hans-Peter Seidel
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