Issue: Volume: 22 Issue: 11 (November1999)

Molecular Gridwork

Computer graphics experts at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) use a visualization method called ChromaDepth to enhance our depth perception of complex 3D computer images, such as the molecular structure shown here. The technology uses color to encode depth information into an image, then decodes the color using special optics to produce a stereoscopic view. This ChromaDepth visualization shows how molecular fragments called phenanthroline have been "welded" together into a grid-like structure that can trap molecules of a certain size and shape inside. Such molecular arrangements may find applications as sensors for specific chemical compounds.