Anisotropic subsurface scattering acquisition through a light field based apparatus

Yurii Piadyk, Yitzchak Lockerman, Claudio Silva

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Subsurface scattering gives a distinct look to many everyday objects. However, until now, systems to acquire subsurface scattering have assumed that the subsurface displacement and angle of scattering are completely independent of the angle of incident. While this independence substantially simplifies the acquisition and rendering of materials where it holds true, it makes the acquisition of other materials impossible. In this paper, we demonstrate a system that can quickly acquire the full anisotropic subsurface scattering at a given point. Unlike many existing commercial acquisition systems, our system can be assembled from off-the-shelf optical component and 3D printed/cut parts, making it accessible at a low price. We validate our device by measuring and fitting a dipole model for material exhibiting isotropic subsurface scattering as well as comparing real-world appearance with rendering of anisotropic material under incident laser beam illumination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number255
JournalIS and T International Symposium on Electronic Imaging Science and Technology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 26 2020
Event2020 Imaging Sensors and Systems Conference, ISS 2020 - Burlingame, United States
Duration: Jan 26 2020Jan 30 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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