Berkeley, CA 94720-1740, USA
University of California at Berkeley
Novelia A., O'Reilly O. M.
On Geodesics of the Rotation Group $SO(3)$
2015, vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 729-738
Geodesics on $SO(3)$ are characterized by constant angular velocity motions and as great circles on a three-sphere. The former interpretation is widely used in optometry and the latter features in the interpolation of rotations in computer graphics. The simplicity of these two disparate interpretations belies the complexity of the corresponding rotations. Using a quaternion representation for a rotation, we present a simple proof of the equivalence of the aforementioned characterizations and a straightforward method to establish features of the corresponding rotations.