# Cross-polytope

In geometry, a cross-polytope, orthoplex, hyperoctahedron, or cocube is a regular, convex polytope that exists in any number of dimensions. The vertices of a cross-polytope are all the permutations of (±1, 0, 0, …, 0). The cross-polytope is the convex hull of its vertices. Its facets are simplexes of the previous dimension, while the cross-polytope's vertex figure is another cross-polytope from the previous dimension.

The n-dimensional cross-polytope can also be defined as the closed unit ball (or, according to some authors, its boundary) in the 1-norm on Rn:

$\{x\in {\mathbb {R} }^{n}:\|x\|_{1}\leq 1\}.$ In 1 dimension the cross-polytope is simply the line segment [−1, +1], in 2 dimensions it is a square (or diamond) with vertices {(±1, 0), (0, ±1)}. In 3 dimensions it is an octahedron—one of the five convex regular polyhedra known as the Platonic solids. Higher-dimensional cross-polytopes are generalizations of these.

The cross-polytope is the dual polytope of the hypercube. The 1-skeleton of a n-dimensional cross-polytope is a Turán graph T(2n,n).

## 4 dimensions

The 4-dimensional cross-polytope also goes by the name hexadecachoron or 16-cell. It is one of six convex regular 4-polytopes. These 4-polytopes were first described by the Swiss mathematician Ludwig Schläfli in the mid-19th century.

## Higher dimensions

The cross polytope family is one of three regular polytope families, labeled by Coxeter as βn, the other two being the hypercube family, labeled as γn, and the simplices, labeled as αn. A fourth family, the infinite tessellations of hypercubes, he labeled as δn.

The n-dimensional cross-polytope has 2n vertices, and 2n facets (n−1 dimensional components) all of which are n−1 simplices. The vertex figures are all n − 1 cross-polytopes. The Schläfli symbol of the cross-polytope is {3,3,…,3,4}. The dihedral angle of the n-dimensional cross-polytope is

$\arccos \left({\frac {2-n}{n}}\right)$ .

The number of k-dimensional components (vertices, edges, faces, …, facets) in an n-dimensional cross-polytope is given by (see binomial coefficient):

$2^{k+1}{n \choose {k+1}}$ The volume of the n-dimensional cross-polytope is

${\frac {2^{n}}{n!}}.$ There are many possible orthographic projections that can show the cross-polytopes as 2-dimensional graphs. Petrie polygon projections map the points into a regular 2n-gon or lower order regular polygons. A second projection takes the 2(n-1)-gon petrie polygon of the lower dimension, seen as a bipyramid, projected down the axis, with 2 vertices mapped into the center.

Cross-polytope elements
n βn
k11
Name(s)
Graph
Graph
2n-gon
Graph
2(n-1)-gon
Schläfli Coxeter-Dynkin
diagrams
Vertices Edges Faces Cells 4-faces 5-faces 6-faces 7-faces 8-faces 9-faces
1 β1 Line segment
1-orthoplex {} Template:CDD
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2
2 β2
−111
square
2-orthoplex
Bicross  {4}
{}+{}
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4 4
3 β3
011
octahedron
3-orthoplex
Tricross  {3,4}
{30,1,1}
{}+{}+{}
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6 12 8
4 β4
111
16-cell
4-orthoplex
Tetracross  {3,3,4}
{31,1,1}
4{}
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8 24 32 16
5 β5
211
5-orthoplex
Pentacross  {33,4}
{32,1,1}
5{}
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10 40 80 80 32
6 β6
311
6-orthoplex
Hexacross  {34,4}
{33,1,1}
6{}
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12 60 160 240 192 64
7 β7
411
7-orthoplex
Heptacross  {35,4}
{34,1,1}
7{}
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14 84 280 560 672 448 128
8 β8
511
8-orthoplex
Octacross  {36,4}
{35,1,1}
8{}
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16 112 448 1120 1792 1792 1024 256
9 β9
611
9-orthoplex
Enneacross  {37,4}
{36,1,1}
9{}
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18 144 672 2016 4032 5376 4608 2304 512
10 β10
711
10-orthoplex
Decacross  {38,4}
{37,1,1}
10{}
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20 180 960 3360 8064 13440 15360 11520 5120 1024
...
n βn
k11
n-orthoplex
n-cross
{3n − 2,4}
{3n − 3,1,1}
n{}
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2n 0-faces, ... $2^{k+1}{n \choose k+1}$ k-faces ..., 2n (n-1)-faces

The vertices of an axis-aligned cross polytope are all at equal distance from each other in the Manhattan distance (L1 norm). Kusner's conjecture states that this set of 2d points is the largest possible equidistant set for this distance.