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Research at the AlloSphere Facility (Image 1)

January 11, 2013
This image shows a multi-center hydrogen bond which focuses on the bond in the middle of the iso-surface and streamline, and reveals the electro-static charge density of the bond. It is a part of the Artistic Patterning and Structural Growth New Atomic Bonding: Multi-Center Hydrogen Bond project at the AlloSphere, one of the largest immersive scientific instruments in the world. The National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported AlloSphere is located at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) building at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The AlloSphere takes scientific data that is too small to see and hear and visually and sonically magnifies it to a human scale so researchers can better analyze the data and find new patterns. Over 20 researchers can stand in the center of the sphere and be collectively immersed in multi-dimensional information. The AlloSphere infrastructure was completed in March 2007 and it is a key part of the Digital Media Center located within the CNSI. Applications for the AlloSphere include audiovisual technologies, abstract arts and art entertainment, "green" technology, computers and networking, education, nanotechnology, physics, materials science, geography and remote sensing, human perception, behavior and cognition, and medicine and telemedicine. To learn more about the AlloSphere, see the NSF Discovery story The AlloSphere Offers an Interactive Experience of Nano-sized Worlds. Or visit the AlloSphere website Here. The AlloSphere research pictured in this series of images was supported by a number of NSF grants including IIS 10-47678, "EAGER: A Computational Framework Integrating Methods From Music Composition and Sketching for Large-scale Scientific Data Visualization in the 3-D Immersive AlloSphere;" CNS 08-55279, "II-NEW: Equipping the AlloSphere, an Environment for Immersive Data Exploration;" and CNS 08-21858, "MRI: Development of the AlloSphere, an Immersive Instrument for Scientific Exploration." (Date of Image: 2007-2011) [Image 1 of 7 related images. See Image 2.] Credit: Professor Chris Van de Walle, Dr. Anderson Janotti, Solid State Lighting and Energy, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB); Professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Lance Putnam and Basak Alper, Media Arts and Technology, UCSB