The halo application simulates streetlight halos ( 1 ). It can handle plate and column crystals as well as Parry oriented crystals. It can generate stereo pictures both for viewing in a stereo viewer or directly with “crossed yes”. The application can also generate a data file with the 3D location of the crystals involved in the display that can later be viewed in a separate 3D viewer.
There is a short PDF manual together with an explanation of how the halo is simulated. Finally you can download the (rather messy) Java source code.
Detailed (large recycle value) halos may take the order of one hour to simulate. With the least detailed (recycle = 1) setting it takes much shorter time.
There are two implementations of the halo applications, one for Macintosh OS X 10.4+ and one for Windows. A Windows machine may need to download the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) that is available free ( 2 )
Text: Lars Gislén