N-body simulations solve the n-body problem numerically and determine the trajectories of the n point masses. The result of these calculations is a huge amount of data detailing the positions and other properties of each body such as mass and velocity. To effectively draw conclusions from these data, one must employ scientific visualization to create images and movies that illustrate the structure of the data. We show that the computer animation technique of skeletonization can be applied to the volume data produced by n-body simulations in order to visualize the inner structure of the data. This novel application is compared to traditional rendering methods in terms of its ability to show this structure.

Date of creation, presentation, or exhibit



International Conference on Modeling, Simulation & Visualization Methods (MSV'07) (2007) 29-33 MSV 2007 was held in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 25-28. ISBN: 1601320299Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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Conference Paper

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School of Physics and Astronomy (COS)


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