Jeppe Revall Frisvad

Jeppe Revall Frisvad

Associate Professor in Computer Graphics, M.Sc.(Eng.), Ph.D.
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Technical University of Denmark
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Photon Differential Splatting for Rendering Caustics

Jeppe Revall Frisvad1, Lars Schjøth2, Kenny Erleben3, and Jon Sporring3
1 Technical University of Denmark
2 3Shape A/S, Denmark
3 University of Copenhagen, Denmark

We present a photon splatting technique which reduces noise and blur in the rendering of caustics. Blurring of illumination edges is an inherent problem in photon splatting, as each photon is unaware of its neighbors when being splatted. This means that the splat size is usually based on heuristics rather than knowledge of the local flux density. We use photon differentials to determine the size and shape of the splats such that we achieve adaptive anisotropic flux density estimation in photon splatting. As compared to previous work that uses photon differentials, we present the first method where no photons or beams or differentials need to be stored in a map. We also present improvements in the theory of photon differentials, which give more accurate results and a faster implementation. Our technique has good potential for GPU acceleration, and we limit the number of parameters requiring user adjustment to an overall smoothing parameter and the number of photons to be traced.

Keywords: density estimation, ray differentials, particle tracing, photon mapping, photon splatting


Frisvad, J. R., Schjøth, L., Erleben, K., and Sporring, J. Photon differential splatting for rendering caustics. Computer Graphics Forum 33(6), pp. 252-263, September 2014. [abstract] [lowres pdf]


Frisvad, J. R., Schjøth, L., Erleben, K., and Sporring, J. Historical Introduction to Photon Differential Splatting. Supplement to Computer Graphics Forum 33(6):252-263, 2014.

This supplement provides an overview of early related work which did not fit in the published paper.