AAS 202nd Meeting, May 2003
Session 2 Computation, Data Handling, Image Analysis
Poster, Monday, May 26, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, West Exhibit Hall

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[2.03] Java 3D Interactive Visualization for Astrophysics

K. Chae (U. Tennessee), D. Edirisinghe (U. Tennessee & Carnegie Mellon U.), E. J. Lingerfelt (U. Tennessee), M. W. Guidry (U. Tennessee & ORNL Physics Division*)

We are developing a series of interactive 3D visualization tools that employ the Java 3D API. We have applied this approach initially to a simple 3-dimensional galaxy collision model (restricted 3-body approximation), with quite satisfactory results. Running either as an applet under Web browser control, or as a Java standalone application, this program permits real-time zooming, panning, and 3-dimensional rotation of the galaxy collision simulation under user mouse and keyboard control. We shall also discuss applications of this technology to 3-dimensional visualization for other problems of astrophysical interest such as neutron star mergers and the time evolution of element/energy production networks in X-ray bursts.

*Managed by UT-Battelle, LLC, for the U.S. Department of Energy under contract DE-AC05-00OR22725.

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