I'm trying to make use of the function DensityPlot3D with the following specific example

DensityPlot3D[14.48 2.718^(2 Im[ArcTan[x,y]]) Abs[(Sqrt[x^2+y^2] SphericalBesselJ[1,7.72 Sqrt[x^2+y^2+z^2]])/Sqrt[x^2+y^2+z^2]]^2,{x,-1,1}, {y,-1,1},{z,-1,1},PlotLegends->Automatic,PlotRange->Automatic,PlotPoints->200]

from which I obtain (in the Mathematica notebook) a very opaque plot in gray as in this image:

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Is this normal? If not, what am I missing? How could I obtain a plot like the one in the first answer of this question?

I also tried copying and pasting exactly the same code in that first answer, and I get a plot with the same problem: "completely gray".

However, if a save the plot as .pdf (right click -> Save Graphic As...) the plot reappears "magically" much better:

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I'm using Mathematica 12.0 Student Edition.

  • $\begingroup$ The OpacityFunction is assigning too much opacity I think. Try making that have a stronger cutoff. Admittedly, though, I don't see your base issue generally. One worth trying might be like: OpacityFunction -> (Which[# > .25, #/2, # > .1, .1, True, 0] &) $\endgroup$
    – b3m2a1
    May 3, 2019 at 6:24
  • $\begingroup$ @b3m2a1 Thanks, I'll try other things. Your last command it didn't work either; I've tried even with a simpler function, namely Sqrt[x^2 + y^2 + z^2] and the plot is still awful. $\endgroup$
    – SNC92
    May 3, 2019 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ this is an apparent bug in 12.0. I am using mmka on MacOSX and getting grey boxes even for the examples in mmka help for DensityPlot3D. $\endgroup$
    – bronxy
    Jul 27, 2019 at 22:37
  • $\begingroup$ @bronxy Which example? The ones I tried work fine in 12.0 on MacOS. $\endgroup$ Jul 27, 2019 at 23:25
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    $\begingroup$ Please report this to [email protected], including the results of SystemInformation[] and details about your computer's OS version and hardware specs. $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2019 at 4:34

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I had a similar problem (and a bunch of others) on mmka 12.0. Reseting the Mathematica subsystem, i.e., deleting all the mmka created folders in ~/Library, has solved this problem. Apparently something went wrong when upgrading from the previous version.


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