Applications of ray tracing in molecular graphics

Thomas C. Palmer, Frederick H. Hausheer, Jeffrey D. Saxe

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Ray tracing is an elegant and powerful technique for creating computer-generated images. The wide variety of geometric primitives and realistic effects, such as reflections, transparency, and shadows, make it one of the most popular rendering methods in use today. We present a brief introduction to ray tracing and discuss some of the computational issues involved. Examples illustrate ray tracing 's effectiveness for producing high-quality visualizations of molecular structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-164
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Molecular Graphics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989


  • constructive solid geometry
  • molecular modeling
  • raster graphics
  • ray tracing
  • visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics


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