Moliverse: Contextually Embedding the Microcosm into the Universe



We present Moliverse, an integration of the molecular visualization framework VIAMD into the astronomical visualization software OpenSpace, allowing us to bridge the two extreme ends of the scale spectrum to show, for example, the gas composition in a planet's atmosphere or molecular structures in comet trails and can empower the creation of educational exhibitions. For that purpose we do not use a linear scale traversal but break the scale continuity and show molecular simulations as focus in the context of celestial bodies. We demonstrate the application of our concept in two storytelling scenarios and envision the application both for science presentations to lay audiences and for dedicated exploration, potentially also in a molecule-only environment.

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Mathis Brossier, Robin Skånberg, Lonni Besançon, Mathieu Linares, Tobias Isenberg, Anders Ynnerman, and Alexander Bock (2023) Moliverse: Contextually Embedding the Microcosm into the Universe. Computers & Graphics, 112:22–30, May 2023.

BibTeX entry:

@ARTICLE{Brossier:2023:MCE, author = {Mathis Brossier and Robin Sk{\aa}nberg and Lonni Besan{\c{c}}on and Mathieu Linares and Tobias Isenberg and Anders Ynnerman and Alexander Bock}, title = {Moliverse: Contextually Embedding the Microcosm into the Universe}, journal = {Computers \& Graphics}, year = {2023}, volume = {112}, month = may, pages = {22--30}, doi = {10.1016/j.cag.2023.02.006}, doi_url = {}, oa_gold_url = {}, oa_hal_url = {}, osf_url = {}, github_url = {}, url = {}, pdf = {}, }

This work was done at and in collaboration with the Visualization Centre of Linköping University, Sweden.