In 6-dimensional geometry, the 2_{21} polytope is a uniform 6-polytope, constructed within the symmetry of the E_{6} group. It was discovered by Thorold Gosset, published in his 1900 paper. He called it an 6-ic semi-regular figure. It is also called the Schläfli polytope.

Its Coxeter symbol is 2_{21}, describing its bifurcating Coxeter-Dynkin diagram, with a single ring on the end of one of the 2-node sequences. He also studied its connection with the 27 lines on the cubic surface, which are naturally in correspondence with the vertices of 2_{21}.

The rectified 2_{21} is constructed by points at the mid-edges of the 2_{21}. The birectified 2_{21} is constructed by points at the triangle face centers of the 2_{21}, and is the same as the rectified 1_{22}.

These polytopes are a part of family of 39 convex uniform polytopes in 6-dimensions, made of uniform 5-polytope facets and vertex figures, defined by all permutations of rings in this Coxeter-Dynkin diagram: .

2_21 polytope

The 2_{21} has 27 vertices, and 99 facets: 27 5-orthoplexes and 72 5-simplices. Its vertex figure is a 5-demicube.

For visualization this 6-dimensional polytope is often displayed in a special skewed orthographic projection direction that fits its 27 vertices within a 12-gonal regular polygon (called a Petrie polygon). Its 216 edges are drawn between 2 rings of 12 vertices, and 3 vertices projected into the center. Higher elements (faces, cells, etc.) can also be extracted and drawn on this projection.

The Schläfli graph contains the 1-skeleton of this polytope.

Alternate names

E. L. Elte named it V_{27} (for its 27 vertices) in his 1912 listing of semiregular polytopes.

The facet information can be extracted from its Coxeter-Dynkin diagram, .

Removing the node on the short branch leaves the 5-simplex, .

Removing the node on the end of the 2-length branch leaves the 5-orthoplex in its alternated form: (2_{11}), .

Every simplex facet touches an 5-orthoplex facet, while alternate facets of the orthoplex touch either a simplex or another orthoplex.

The vertex figure is determined by removing the ringed node and ringing the neighboring node. This makes 5-demicube (1_{21} polytope), .

Images

Vertices are colored by their multiplicity in this projection, in progressive order: red, orange, yellow. The number of vertices by color are given in parentheses.

Geometric folding

The 2_{21} is related to the 24-cell by a geometric folding of the E6/F4 Coxeter-Dynkin diagrams. This can be seen in the Coxeter plane projections. The 24 vertices of the 24-cell are projected in the same two rings as seen in the 2_{21}.

This polytope can tessellate Euclidean 6-space, forming the 2_{22} honeycomb with this Coxeter-Dynkin diagram: .

Related complex polyhedra

The regular complex polygon _{3}{3}_{3}{3}_{3}, , in C2 has a real representation as the 2_{21} polytope, , in 4-dimensional space. It is called a Hessian polyhedron after Edmund Hess. It has 27 vertices, 72 3-edges, and 27 3{3}3 faces. Its complex reflection group is _{3}[3]_{3}[3]_{3}, order 648.

Related polytopes

The 2_{21} is fourth in a dimensional series of semiregular polytopes. Each progressive uniform polytope is constructed vertex figure of the previous polytope. Thorold Gosset identified this series in 1900 as containing all regular polytope facets, containing all simplexes and orthoplexes.

The 2_{21} polytope is fourth in dimensional series 2_{k2}.

The 2_{21} polytope is second in dimensional series 2_{2k}.

Rectified 2_21 polytope

The rectified 2_{21} has 216 vertices, and 126 facets: 72 rectified 5-simplices, and 27 rectified 5-orthoplexes and 27 5-demicubes . Its vertex figure is a rectified 5-cell prism.

Alternate names

Rectified icosihepta-heptacontidi-peton as a rectified 27-72 facetted polypeton (acronym rojak) (Jonathan Bowers)

Construction

Its construction is based on the E_{6} group and information can be extracted from the ringed Coxeter-Dynkin diagram representing this polytope: .

Removing the ring on the short branch leaves the rectified 5-simplex, .

Removing the ring on the end of the other 2-length branch leaves the rectified 5-orthoplex in its alternated form: t_{1}(2_{11}), .

Removing the ring on the end of the same 2-length branch leaves the 5-demicube: (1_{21}), .

The vertex figure is determined by removing the ringed ring and ringing the neighboring ring. This makes rectified 5-cell prism, t_{1}{3,3,3}x{}, .

Images

Vertices are colored by their multiplicity in this projection, in progressive order: red, orange, yellow.