Densest lattice packing of a cubeoctahedron

The cubeoctahedron has 12 vertices, 24 edges and 14 facets, 6 squares and 8 triangles. It is one of the thirteen Archimedean solids and it is the difference body of a tetrahedron. Its dual is called rhombic dodecahedron. It was already mentioned by Plato and rediscovered during the 15th century by the outstanding artist Piero della Francesca.

In 1972 Hoylman calculated the lattice packing density of a cubeoctahedron, which is equal to 45/49=0.9183... The 14 points in the picture show the lattice points of a critical lattice lying in the boundary.

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Keywords
| lattice packings; polytopes; packings; critical lattice; cubeoctahedron | |

MSC-2000 Classification
| 52C17 (11H31) | |

Zentralblatt No.
| 01682993 |

- Ulrich Betke and Martin Henk:
*Densest lattice packings of 3-polytopes*, Comp. Geom.**16**, 3 (2000), 157 - 186. - D.J. Hoylman:
*The densest lattice packing of tetrahedra*, Bull. Amer. Math. Soc**76**(1970), 135 - 137.

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Submitted: Thu Feb 1 16:41:52 CET 2001.

Accepted: Fri Apr 27 14:11:54 CET 2001.

University of Magdeburg

Department of Mathematics

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D-39106 Magdeburg

henk@mail.math.uni-magdeburg.de

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