Section: Scientific Foundations
Scientific visualization of plasmas and beams
Visualization of multi-dimensional data and more generally of scientific data has been the object of numerous research projects in computer graphics. The approaches include visualization of three-dimensional scalar fields looking at iso-curves and iso-surfaces. Methods for volume visualization, and methods based on points and flux visualization techniques and vectorial fields (using textures) have also been considered. This project is devoted to specific techniques for fluids and plasmas and needs to introduce novel techniques for the visualization of the phase-space which has more than three dimensions.
Even though visualization of the results of plasma simulations is an essential tool for the physical intuition, today's visualization techniques are not always well adapted tools, in comparison with the complexity of the physical phenomena to understand. Indeed the volume visualization of these phenomena deals with multidimensional data sets and sizes nearer to terabytes than megabytes. Our scientific objective is to appreciably improve the reliability of the numerical simulations thanks to the implementation of suitable visualization techniques. More precisely, to study these problems, our objective is to develop new physical, mathematical and data-processing methods in scientific visualization: visualization of larger volume data-sets, taking into account the temporal evolution. A global access of data through 3D visualization is one of the key issues in numerical simulations of thermonuclear fusion phenomena. A better representation of the numerical results will lead to a better understanding of the physical problems. In addition, immersive visualization helps to extract the complex structures that appear in the plasma. This work is related to a real integration between numerical simulation and scientific visualization. Thanks to new methods of visualization, it will be possible to detect the zones of numerical interest, and to increase the precision of calculations in these zones. The integration of this dynamical side in the pipeline “simulation then visualization" will not only allow scientific progress in these two fields, but also will support the installation of a unique process “simulation-visualization".