The Foundations of Photo-Realistic Rendering: From Quantum Electrodynamics to Maxwell's Equations

D.C. Banks (USA) and L. Abu-Raddad (UK)


Quantum electrodynamics, Maxwell's equations, photo realistic rendering


Rendering techniques simulate 3D light transport. The typical algorithms only approximate electromagnetic wave interactions. The classical theory of electrodynamics is itself a macroscopic manifestation of the elemental quantum theory of electrodynamics (QED), which describes how individual photons behave. In this paper we explain how QED leads to Maxwell's equations.

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