## Tensor Splats

Please always quote using this URN: urn:nbn:de:0297-zib-7393

- An improved general-purpose technique for the visualization of symmetric positive definite tensor fields of rank two is described. It is based on a splatting technique that is built from tiny transparent glyph primitives which are capable to incorporate the full directional information content of a tensor. The result is an information-rich image that allows to read off the preferred directions in a tensor field at each point of a three-dimensional volume or two-dimensional surface. It is useful for analyzing slices or volumes of a three-dimensional tensor field and can be overlayed with standard volume rendering or color mapping. The application of the rendering technique is demonstrated on general relativistic data and the diffusion tensor field of a human brain.