6-simplex honeycomb

In six-dimensional Euclidean geometry, the 6-simplex honeycomb is a space-filling tessellation (or honeycomb). The tessellation fills space by 6-simplex, rectified 6-simplex, and birectified 6-simplex facets. These facet types occur in proportions of 1:1:1 respectively in the whole honeycomb.

6-simplex honeycomb
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TypeUniform 6-honeycomb
FamilySimplectic honeycomb
Schläfli symbol{3[7]}
Coxeter diagram
6-face types{35} , t1{35}
5-face types{34} , t1{34}
4-face types{33} , t1{33}
Cell types{3,3} , t1{3,3}
Face types{3}
Vertex figuret0,5{35}
Symmetry×2, [[3[7]]]

A6 lattice

This vertex arrangement is called the A6 lattice or 6-simplex lattice. The 42 vertices of the expanded 6-simplex vertex figure represent the 42 roots of the Coxeter group.[1] It is the 6-dimensional case of a simplectic honeycomb. Around each vertex figure are 126 facets: 7+7 6-simplex, 21+21 rectified 6-simplex, 35+35 birectified 6-simplex, with the count distribution from the 8th row of Pascal's triangle.

The A*
lattice (also called A7
) is the union of seven A6 lattices, and has the vertex arrangement of the dual to the omnitruncated 6-simplex honeycomb, and therefore the Voronoi cell of this lattice is the omnitruncated 6-simplex.

= dual of

This honeycomb is one of 17 unique uniform honeycombs[2] constructed by the Coxeter group, grouped by their extended symmetry of the Coxeter–Dynkin diagrams:

Projection by folding

The 6-simplex honeycomb can be projected into the 3-dimensional cubic honeycomb by a geometric folding operation that maps two pairs of mirrors into each other, sharing the same vertex arrangement:

See also

Regular and uniform honeycombs in 6-space:



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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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