A4-Polychora Zome Models


There are 9 convex uniform polychora having the same symmetry as the regular 5-cell, and one can quickly make a set of Zome models for these if one has enough green and yellow struts. All of the models here are based on the model of the 5-cell which uses 6 G3 (long green) struts and 4 Y2 (medium yellow) struts. This model of the 5-cell is characterized as being the most symmetric among all projections from 4-dimensional space to 3-dimensional space. Naturally, one may instead choose to scale down by the golden ratio, instead using G2 and Y1 struts. For some of the models, this is more convenient. One must use half-greens for a couple of these models.

The polychora presented here are classified according their Wythoff symbols. One obtains a Wythoff symbol by circling a non-empty subset of the nodes of its Coxeter graph. Circling the nodes amounts to choosing where to place each vertex of the corresponding polychoron in a fundamental region for the Coxeter group action. The Coxeter graph is A4,


and the corresponding Coxeter group is isomorphic to the group of all permutations on 5 letters. Evidently the A4 Coxeter graph possesses an automorphism of order 2, so one notices that some Wythoff symbols are redundant. For example, the regular pentachoron has the same Wythoff symbol as its dual. Were the outer automorphism not present, there would be 15 distinct such polychora. As it is, there are only 9.

Three of the Wythoff symbols are invariant under the outer automorphism. This property is reflected in the models in that the images under the orthogonal projection are invariant by the "central involution" which maps each vector to its negative. All three of these models possess self-intersections of one kind or another.

Some data for these polychora appear below. The number of vertices for each is given as v. The numbers of edges and faces are partitioned according to the numbers in each orbit under the Coxeter-group action. One should notice that the number of edge orbits coincides with the number of circled nodes in the Wythoff symbol. For example, the truncated pentachoron has two types of edges, 10 where 3 truncated tetrahedra meet and 20 where 2 truncated tetrahedra and one regular tetrahedron meet, and these clearly lie in distinct orbits. The types of faces appear as Schläfli symbols. For example, the truncated pentachoron has 20 triangles {3} and 10 hexagons {6}.

The Models.

v=5, e=10, f=10{3},
5 tetrahedra.
This is the regular pentachoron.

v=10, e=30, f=(10+20){3},
5 tetrahedra, 5 octahedra.
One may obtain this by truncating the regular pentachoron to its edge midpoints.

v=20, e=10+30, f=20{3}+10{6},
5 tetrahedra, 5 truncated tetrahedra.
This is the truncated pentachoron.

v=30, e=30+60, f=(10+20+20){3}+30{4},
5 octahedra, 5 cuboctahedra, 10 triangular prisms.

v=20, e=60, f=40{3}+30{4},
5+5 tetrahedra, 10+10 triangular prisms.
The projection possesses 6 false vertices, represented by green connectors.

v=30, e=60, f=20{3}+20{6},
5+5 truncated tetrahedra.
The projection possesses 6 false vertices, represented by green connectors.

v=60, e=30+30+60, f=20{3}+30{4}+(10+20){6},
5 truncated tetrahedra, 5 truncated octahedra, 10 triangular prisms.

v=60, e=30+60+60, f=(20+20){3}+(30+30){4}+20{6},
5 cuboctahedra, 5 truncated tetrahedra, 10 triangular prisms, 10 hexagonal prisms.

v=120, e=60+60+60+60, f=(30+60){4}+(20+40){6},
5+5 truncated octahedra, 10+10 hexagonal prisms.
The truncated octahedron at the core accounts for two of the truncated octahedra in this polychoron.

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