Photon Beam Diffusion: A Hybrid Monte Carlo Method for Subsurface Scattering|
Ralf Habel, Per H. Christensen, Wojciech Jarosz
We present photon beam diffusion, an efficient numerical method for accurately rendering translucent materials. Our approach interprets incident light as a continuous beam of photons inside the material. Numerically integrating diffusion from such extended sources has long been assumed computationally prohibitive, leading to the ubiquitous single-depth dipole approximation and the recent analytic sum-of-Gaussians approach employed ... more
Additional materials: [supplemental-theory.pdf], [PBD_matlab_v1.03.zip]
Published in Computer Graphics Forum (Proceedings of the Eurographics Symposium on Rendering 2013), volume 32, number 4. Eurographics / Blackwell Publishers, June 2013. (Zaragoza, Spain, June 19-21.). Equation 13 amended July 2013.