Exploiting Colorimetry for Fidelity in Data Visualization

Michael J. Waters, Jessica M. Walker, Christopher T. Nelson, Derk Joester, James M. Rondinelli*

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Advances in multimodal characterization methods fuel the generation of increasing immense hyper-dimensional data sets. Color mapping is employed for conveying higher dimensional data in two-dimensional (2D) representations for human consumption without relying on multiple projections. How one constructs these color maps, however, critically affects how accurately one perceives data. For simple scalar fields, perceptually uniform color maps and color selection have been shown to improve data readability and interpretation across research fields. Here we review core concepts underlying the design of perceptually uniform color maps and extend the concepts from scalar fields to two-dimensional vector fields and three-component composition fields frequently found in materials-chemistry research to enable high-fidelity visualization. We develop the software tools PAPUC and CMPUC to enable researchers to utilize these colorimetry principles and employ perceptually uniform color spaces for rigorously meaningful color mapping of higher dimensional data representations. Last, we demonstrate how these approaches deliver immediate improvements in data readability and interpretation in microscopies and spectroscopies routinely used in discerning materials structure, chemistry, and properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5455-5460
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 14 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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