Geodesic Flow on Polyhedral Surfaces

Konrad Polthier and Markus Schmies


On a curved surface the front of a point wave evolves in concentric circles which start to overlap and branch after a certain time. This evolution is described by the geodesic flow and helps us to understand the geometry of surfaces.

In this paper we compute the evolution of distance circles on polyhedral surfaces and develop a method to visualize the set of circles, their overlapping, branching, and their temporal evolution simultaneously. We consider the evolution as an interfering wave on the surface, and extend isometric texture maps to efficiently handle the branching and overlapping of the wave.

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