

A081314


Order of symmetry groups of n points on 3dimensional sphere with the volume enclosed by their convex hull maximized.


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24, 12, 48, 20, 8, 12, 16, 4, 120, 4, 24, 12, 24, 4, 6, 2, 8, 2, 4, 6, 4, 2, 2, 20
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OFFSET

4,1


COMMENTS

If more than one configuration with maximal volume exists for a given n, the one with the largest symmetry group is chosen. Berman and Hanes give optimality proofs for n<=8. Higher terms are only conjectures. An independent verification of the results by Hardin, Sloane and Smith has been performed by Pfoertner in 1992 for n<28. An archive of the results with improvements for n=23,24 added in 2003 is available at link. A conjectured continuation of the sequence starting with n=28 is: 12,6,2,6,120,2,4,4,2,20,4,12,24,12,20,4,8,2,2,2,4,1,24


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EXAMPLE

a(12)=120 because the order of the point group of the icosahedron, which is also the best known arrangement for the maximal volume problem is 120. a(7)=20 because the double 7pyramid proved optimal by Berman and Hanes has dihedral symmetry order 20.


CROSSREFS

Number of distinct edges in convex hull: A081366. Symmetry groups for Tammes problem: A080865.


KEYWORD

nonn,hard,more


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STATUS

approved



