Prism product

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A square-hexagonal duoprism can be seen either as squares wrapped around a hexagon, or viceversa.

The prism product is an operation that can be applied on any two polytopes. They extend the notion of a prism, which may be seen as a polytope (traditionally a polygon) extended through a line, to that of a polytope extended through any other. More precisely, the prism product of two polytopes A and B is formed by placing a copy of A at each vertex of B, so that the hyperplanes of the copies of A intersect the hyperplane of B at a single point. Its facets will be the prism products of the facets of each polytope with the other polytope. The neutral element of this product is the point.

Polytopes resulting from n prism products can be called n-prisms. In the general case, these are called multiprisms or simply prismatic polytopes.

The special case of a prism results from whenever one of the factors is a dyad. As such, multiprisms are particularly applicable to hypercubes. The prism product of an m-hypercube and an n-hypercube is an (m + n)-hypercube. In particular, an n-hypercube can be seen as the prism product of n dyads.

The prism product is notable since the prism product of any two uniform polytopes with the same edge length is always uniform. This leads to the existence of a great many families of uniform polytopes in any given dimension, often grouped together as the prismatic uniforms. Almost all research on uniforms thus focuses on finding the remaining uniforms.

Prism products are closely related to tegum products, given that the dual of the prism product of two polytopes is equal to the tegum product of their duals. They're also less obviously related to pyramid products, as abstractly, the prism product of two polytopes is a subset of their pyramid product. Like both other products, the prism product is both commutative and associative.

Examples[edit | edit source]

A point on the interior of a triangular prism

A triangular prism (pictured to the right) is a prism product of a line segment and a triangle. As such, one can think of a triangular prism as either line segments wrapped around a triangle, or two triangles at each end of a line segment.

The interior of the triangular prism is created by the interiors of the line segment and triangle. For each point in the interior of the line segment, and each point in the interior of the triangle, there's a corresponding point inside the triangular prism at the height of the point in the line segment, over the corresponding point in the triangular base.

A more complicated example is the square-hexagonal duoprism (pictured above). It's the 4D prism product of a square and a hexagon. As such, one can think of it as either six squares wrapped around in a hexagon, or four hexagons wrapped around in a square.

The interior of the square-hexagonal duoprism is created by the interiors of the square and the hexagon. For each point in the interior of the square, and each point in the interior of the hexagon, there's a corresponding point inside the square-hexagonal duoprism whose projections into a square face or into a hexagonal face are the points we chose.

Properties[edit | edit source]

The rank of the prism product of two polytopes A and B is equal to the sum of their ranks. As a result, up to 3D, prism products simply correspond to prisms. The simplest duoprism that can't be represented as a prism is the 4D triangular duoprism.

Any duoprism based on two uniform, scaliform, isogonal, or CRF polytopes will also maintain those properties. In addition, the duoprism of 2 identical isotopic polytopes is also isotopic.

The volume of the prism product of a set of polytopes is simply equal to the product of their volumes.

The circumradius of the prism product of a set of polytopes equals the square root of the sum of the squared circumradii of each of the polytopes (via Pythagoras).

The vertex figure of a duoprism is generally a pyramid product of the vertex figures of the components.

A duoprism made out of polytopes P and Q will have a symmetry order equal to the product of the symmetry orders of P and Q, except that the polytopes are congruent, in which case it will have double that symmetry order.

To get the element counts of a duoprism, one can write polynomials P(x) and Q(x) for its factors, so that the coefficient ak of P(x) equals the number of elements of rank k on the first polytope, and ditto for Q(x) and the second polytope. The element counts can then be read off from the polynomial P(x)Q(x). Contrast this with the pyramid product, where the single element of minimal rank is included as well.

Definition[edit | edit source]

When talking specifically about convex polytopes, if we identify each polytope with its interior, the prism product corresponds with the better-known Cartesian product. That is, the prism product of an m-dimensional polytope and an n-dimensional polytope is the set of all points in m+n dimensions whose first m coordinates correspond to a point on the interior on the first polytope, and whose last n coordinates correspond to a point on the interior of the other polytope.

The most general way to define the prism product is abstractly. The prism product of two polytopes defined by posets P and Q is the direct product of P and Q, with all of the elements (p, q) where exactly one of p and q is of minimal rank taken out. In other words, this is the poset on

with the relation such that

This can be contrasted with the pyramid product, which doesn't omit any elements from the direct product, or with the tegum product, which omits those with elements of maximal rank instead.

To make this concrete, it suffices to map all elements of the form (vertex, vertex) to the points resulting from concatenating the coordinates of the corresponding concrete vertices.

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