The 120 unit icosians, which form the icosian group, are all even permutations of:
- 8 icosians of the form ½(±2, 0, 0, 0)
- 16 icosians of the form ½(±1, ±1, ±1, ±1)
- 96 icosians of the form ½(0, ±1, ±Φ, ±φ)
In this case, the vector (a, b, c, d) refers to the quaternion a + bi + cj + dk, and Φ,φ represent the numbers (√ ± 1)/2. These 120 vectors form the H4 root system, with a Weyl group of order 14400. In addition to the 120 unit icosians forming the vertices of a 600-cell, the 600 icosians of norm 2 form the vertices of a 120-cell. Other subgroups of icosians correspond to the tesseract, 16-cell and 24-cell.
The icosians lie in the golden field, (a + b√) + (c + d√)i + (e + f√)j + (g + h√)k, where the eight variables are rational numbers. This quaternion is only an icosian if the vector (a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h) is a point on a lattice L, which is isomorphic to an E8 lattice.
More precisely, the quaternion norm of the above element is (a + b√)2 + (c + d√)2 + (e + f√)2 + (g + h√)2. Its Euclidean norm is defined as u + v if the quaternion norm is u + v√. This Euclidean norm defines a quadratic form on L, under which the lattice is isomorphic to the E8 lattice.
This construction shows that the Coxeter group embeds as a subgroup of . Indeed, a linear isomorphism that preserves the quaternion norm also preserves the Euclidean norm.