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Immersive Visualization for Materials Science Data Analysis using the Oculus Rift...

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Conference Paper
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Page Numbers
2453 to 2461
Conference Name
2nd Workshop on Advances in Software and Hardware for Big Data to Knowledge Discovery
Conference Location
Santa Clara, California, United States of America
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In this paper, we propose strategies and objectives for immersive data visualization with applications in materials science using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. We provide background on currently available analysis tools for neutron scattering data and other large-scale materials science projects. In the context of the current challenges facing scientists, we discuss immersive virtual reality visualization as a potentially powerful solution. We introduce a prototype immersive visual- ization system, developed in conjunction with materials scientists at the Spallation Neutron Source, which we have used to explore large crystal structures and neutron scattering data. Finally, we offer our perspective on the greatest challenges that must be addressed to build effective and intuitive virtual reality analysis tools that will be useful for scientists in a wide range of fields.