5-demicubic honeycomb

The 5-demicube honeycomb (or demipenteractic honeycomb) is a uniform space-filling tessellation (or honeycomb) in Euclidean 5-space. It is constructed as an alternation of the regular 5-cube honeycomb.

Demipenteractic honeycomb
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TypeUniform 5-honeycomb
FamilyAlternated hypercubic honeycomb
Schläfli symbolsh{4,3,3,3,4}
Coxeter diagrams


Vertex figuret1{3,3,3,4}
Coxeter group [4,3,3,31,1]

It is the first tessellation in the demihypercube honeycomb family which, with all the next ones, is not regular, being composed of two different types of uniform facets. The 5-cubes become alternated into 5-demicubes h{4,3,3,3} and the alternated vertices create 5-orthoplex {3,3,3,4} facets.

D5 lattice

The vertex arrangement of the 5-demicubic honeycomb is the D5 lattice which is the densest known sphere packing in 5 dimensions.[1] The 40 vertices of the rectified 5-orthoplex vertex figure of the 5-demicubic honeycomb reflect the kissing number 40 of this lattice.[2]

The D+
packing (also called D2
) can be constructed by the union of two D5 lattices. The analogous packings form lattices only in even dimensions. The kissing number is 24=16 (2n-1 for n<8, 240 for n=8, and 2n(n-1) for n>8).[3]

The D*
[4] lattice (also called D4
and C2
) can be constructed by the union of all four 5-demicubic lattices:[5] It is also the 5-dimensional body centered cubic, the union of two 5-cube honeycombs in dual positions.

= .

The kissing number of the D*
lattice is 10 (2n for n≥5) and it Voronoi tessellation is a tritruncated 5-cubic honeycomb, , containing all with bitruncated 5-orthoplex, Voronoi cells.[6]

Symmetry constructions

There are three uniform construction symmetries of this tessellation. Each symmetry can be represented by arrangements of different colors on the 32 5-demicube facets around each vertex.

Coxeter group Schläfli symbol Coxeter-Dynkin diagram Vertex figure
= [31,1,3,3,4]
= [1+,4,3,3,4]
h{4,3,3,3,4} =
32: 5-demicube
10: 5-orthoplex
= [31,1,3,31,1]
= [1+,4,3,31,1]
h{4,3,3,31,1} =
16+16: 5-demicube
10: 5-orthoplex
2×½ = [[(4,3,3,3,4,2<sup>+</sup>)]]ht0,5{4,3,3,3,4} 16+8+8: 5-demicube
10: 5-orthoplex

This honeycomb is one of 20 uniform honeycombs constructed by the Coxeter group, all but 3 repeated in other families by extended symmetry, seen in the graph symmetry of rings in the Coxeter–Dynkin diagrams. The 20 permutations are listed with its highest extended symmetry relation:

See also

Regular and uniform honeycombs in 5-space:


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  2. Sphere packings, lattices, and groups, by John Horton Conway, Neil James Alexander Sloane, Eiichi Bannai
  3. Conway (1998), p. 119
  4. http://www.math.rwth-aachen.de/~Gabriele.Nebe/LATTICES/Ds5.html
  5. Conway (1998), p. 120
  6. Conway (1998), p. 466
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  • Kaleidoscopes: Selected Writings of H. S. M. Coxeter, edited by F. Arthur Sherk, Peter McMullen, Anthony C. Thompson, Asia Ivic Weiss, Wiley-Interscience Publication, 1995, ISBN 978-0-471-01003-6
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Fundamental convex regular and uniform honeycombs in dimensions 2-9
Space Family / /
E2 Uniform tiling {3[3]} δ3 hδ3 qδ3 Hexagonal
E3 Uniform convex honeycomb {3[4]} δ4 hδ4 qδ4
E4 Uniform 4-honeycomb {3[5]} δ5 hδ5 qδ5 24-cell honeycomb
E5 Uniform 5-honeycomb {3[6]} δ6 hδ6 qδ6
E6 Uniform 6-honeycomb {3[7]} δ7 hδ7 qδ7 222
E7 Uniform 7-honeycomb {3[8]} δ8 hδ8 qδ8 133331
E8 Uniform 8-honeycomb {3[9]} δ9 hδ9 qδ9 152251521
E9 Uniform 9-honeycomb {3[10]} δ10 hδ10 qδ10
En-1 Uniform (n-1)-honeycomb {3[n]} δn hδn qδn 1k22k1k21
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