Enhanced Surface Displays
Original Publication Date: 1987-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
This article relates generally to computer graphics and, more particularly, to enhancement of surface features displayed by scanning devices. Data generated and displayed by two dimensional scanning devices can be enhanced with real time, computer-generated fictitious light sources and light-scattering models to produce photographic quality images. The output signal level of conventional scanning devices, such as the scanning electron microscope, scanning transmission electron microscope, scanning tunneling microscope and other medical imaging systems, when combined with a false surface representation, adds clarity and prominence to obscure surface features. An example is illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2 which illustrate the (Image Omitted) character of a thin gold film on an amorphous substrate. Fig.