Olivier Mercier

Research Scientist - Display Systems Research
Facebook Reality Labs

Eikonal Approximation for Real-Time Height Field Caustics
Course Project, 2013
Caustics are a key ingredient to produce believable refractive fluid simulations. However, their complex nature makes them very costly to evaluate accurately. For this reason, caustics are often omitted in real-time applications. In this paper, we present a novel method for creating caustics using the eikonal equation. We focus mainly on underwater caustics created by a water interface represented by a height field, with emphasis on interactive frame rates.