# Schmitt–Conway–Danzer biprism

Schmitt–Conway–Danzer biprism | |
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Rank | 3 |

Space | Spherical |

Elements | |

Faces | 2+2 asymmetric triangles, 2+2 parallelograms |

Edges | 2+2+2+2+2+2+2 |

Vertices | 1+1+2+2+2 |

Measures | |

Central density | 1 |

Abstract & topological properties | |

Euler characteristic | 2 |

Surface | Sphere |

Orientable | Yes |

Genus | 0 |

Properties | |

Symmetry | K_{2}+×I, order 2 |

Chiral | Yes |

Convex | Yes |

Nature | Tame |

The **Schmitt–Conway–Danzer biprism**, or **SCD prototile**, is a convex polyhedron which can tessellate 3-dimensional space but only aperiodically.^{[1]} It is abstractly equivalent to the gyrobifastigium.

## Solution to the einstein problem[edit | edit source]

The Schmitt–Conway–Danzer biprism can be made to tessellate 3-dimensional space and no tiling of just Schmitt–Conway–Danzer biprisms has any translational symmetry. However, some of these tilings have screw symmetry, that is symmetries which are a simultaneous rotation and translation. These tilings are thus aperiodic but not strongly aperiodic. This makes the Schmitt–Conway–Danzer biprism a solution to some versions of the einstein problem, which do not require the strong version of aperiodicity.

The Schmitt–Conway–Danzer biprism along with its mirror image can tile the plane periodically.^{[2]}

## History[edit | edit source]

A non-convex variant was originally discovered by Schmitt in 1998. Schmitt conjectured that it could be made convex while maintaining its properties as a prototile.^{[2]} Conway found such a variant and in 1993 Danzer improved the design further.^{[2]}

## External links[edit | edit source]

- Weisstein, Eric W. "Schmitt-Conway Biprism" at MathWorld.

## References[edit | edit source]

- ↑ Senechal (1995:209-210)
- ↑
^{2.0}^{2.1}^{2.2}Senechal (1995:210)

## Bibliography[edit | edit source]

- Danzer, Ludwig (1993). "A single prototile, which tiles space, but neither periodically nor quasiperiodically". Cite journal requires
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(help) - Senechal, Marjorie (1995).
*Quasicrystals and geometry*.