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Petrie Schemes

  Published:2005-08-01
 Printed: Aug 2005
  • Gordon Williams
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Abstract

Petrie polygons, especially as they arise in the study of regular polytopes and Coxeter groups, have been studied by geometers and group theorists since the early part of the twentieth century. An open question is the determination of which polyhedra possess Petrie polygons that are simple closed curves. The current work explores combinatorial structures in abstract polytopes, called Petrie schemes, that generalize the notion of a Petrie polygon. It is established that all of the regular convex polytopes and honeycombs in Euclidean spaces, as well as all of the Gr\"unbaum--Dress polyhedra, possess Petrie schemes that are not self-intersecting and thus have Petrie polygons that are simple closed curves. Partial results are obtained for several other classes of less symmetric polytopes.
Keywords: Petrie polygon, polyhedron, polytope, abstract polytope, incidence complex, regular polytope, Coxeter group Petrie polygon, polyhedron, polytope, abstract polytope, incidence complex, regular polytope, Coxeter group
MSC Classifications: 52B15, 52B05 show english descriptions Symmetry properties of polytopes
Combinatorial properties (number of faces, shortest paths, etc.) [See also 05Cxx]
52B15 - Symmetry properties of polytopes
52B05 - Combinatorial properties (number of faces, shortest paths, etc.) [See also 05Cxx]
 

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