MOS Surfaces: Medial Surface Transforms with Rational Domain Boundaries

  • Jiří Kosinka
  • Bert Jüttler
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4647)


We consider rational surface patches s(u,v) in the four-dimensional Minkowski space IR3,1, which describe parts of the medial surface (or medial axis) transform of spatial domains. The corresponding segments of the domain boundary are then obtained as the envelopes of the associated two-parameter family of spheres. If the Plücker coordinates of the line at infinity of the (two-dimensional) tangent plane of s satisfy a sum-of-squares condition, then the two envelope surfaces are shown to be rational surfaces. We characterize these Plücker coordinates and analyze the case, where the medial surface transform is contained in a hyperplane of the four-dimensional Minkowski space.


Minkowski Space Medial Surface Medial Axis Surface Patch Rational Curf 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiří Kosinka
    • 1
  • Bert Jüttler
    • 1
  1. 1.Johannes Kepler University, Institute of Applied Geometry, Altenberger Str. 69, A–4040 LinzAustria

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