Particle Systems—a Technique for Modeling a Class of Fuzzy Objects

  title={Particle Systems—a Technique for Modeling a Class of Fuzzy Objects},
  author={William T. Reeves},
  journal={ACM Trans. Graph.},
  • W. Reeves
  • Published 1 April 1983
  • Computer Science
  • ACM Trans. Graph.
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