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Plasma and Fusion Research

Volume 5, S2107 (2010)

Regular Articles

Haptization of Molecular Dynamics Simulation with Thermal Display
Yuichi TAMURA, Susumu FUJIWARA1) and Hiroaki NAKAMURA2)
Konan University, Kobe 658-8501, Japan
Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto 606-8585, Japan
National Institute of Fusion Science, Toki 509-5292, Japan
(Received 7 December 2009 / Accepted 30 March 2010 / Published 10 December 2010)


Thermal display, which is a type of haptic display, is effective in providing intuitive information of temperature. However, in many studies, the user has assumed a sitting position during the use of these devices. In contrast, the user generally watches 3D objects while standing and walking around in large-scale virtual reality system, In addition, in scientific visualization, the response time is very important for observing physical phenomena, especially for dynamic numerical simulation. One solution is to provide two types of thermal information: information about the rate of thermal change and information about the actual temperature. We propose a thermal display with two Peltier elements which can show above two pairs of information and the result (for example energy and temperature, as thermal information) of numerical simulation. Finally, we represent an example of visualizing and haptizing the result of molecular dynamics simulation.


haptization, visualization, molecular dynamics simulation, virtual reality

DOI: 10.1585/pfr.5.S2107


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This paper may be cited as follows:

Yuichi TAMURA, Susumu FUJIWARA and Hiroaki NAKAMURA, Plasma Fusion Res. 5, S2107 (2010).