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Set of uniform ngonal antiprisms  

Type  uniform in the sense of semiregular polyhedron 
Faces  2
regular ngons 2n equilateral triangles 
Edges  4n 
Vertices  2n 
Vertex configuration  3.3.3.n 
Schläfli symbol  { }⊗{n} ^{
[1]} s{2,2n} sr{2,n} 
Conway notation  An 
Coxeter diagram  
Symmetry group  D_{nd}, [2^{+},2n], (2*n), order 4n 
Rotation group  D_{n}, [2,n]^{+}, (22n), order 2n 
Dual polyhedron  convex dualuniform ngonal trapezohedron 
Properties  convex, vertextransitive, regular polygon faces, congruent & coaxial bases 
Net  
Net of uniform enneagonal antiprism (n = 9) 
In geometry, an ngonal antiprism or nantiprism is a polyhedron composed of two parallel direct copies (not mirror images) of an nsided polygon, connected by an alternating band of 2n triangles. They are represented by the Conway notation An.
Antiprisms are a subclass of prismatoids, and are a (degenerate) type of snub polyhedron.
Antiprisms are similar to prisms, except that the bases are twisted relatively to each other, and that the side faces (connecting the bases) are 2n triangles, rather than n quadrilaterals.
The dual polyhedron of an ngonal antiprism is an ngonal trapezohedron.
History
At the intersection of modernday graph theory and coding theory, the triangulation of a set of points have interested mathematicians since Isaac Newton, who fruitlessly sought a mathematical proof of the kissing number problem in 1694.^{ [2]} The existence of antiprisms was discussed and their name was coined by Johannes Kepler, though it is possible that they were previously known to Archimedes, as they satisfy the same conditions on faces and on vertices as the Archimedean solids.^{[ citation needed]} According to Ericson and Zinoviev, HSM Coxeter (19072003) wrote at length on the topic,^{ [2]} and was among the first to apply the mathematics of Victor Schlegel to this field.
Knowledge in this field is "quite incomplete" and "was obtained fairly recently", i.e. in the 20th century. For example, as of 2001 it had been proven for only a limited number of nontrivial cases that the ngonal antiprism is the mathematically optimal arrangement of 2n points in the sense of maximizing the minimum Euclidean distance between any two points on the set: in 1943 by László Fejes Tóth for 4 and 6 points (digonal and trigonal antiprisms, which are Platonic solids); in 1951 by Schütte and van der Waerden for 8 points (tetragonal antiprism, which is not a cube).^{ [2]}
The chemical structure of binary compounds has been remarked to be in the family of antiprisms;^{ [3]} especially those of the family of boron hydrides (in 1975) and carboranes because they are isoelectronic. This is a mathematically real conclusion reached by studies of Xray diffraction patterns,^{ [4]} and stems from the 1971 work of Kenneth Wade,^{ [5]} the nominative source for Wade's rules of Polyhedral skeletal electron pair theory.
Rare earth metals such as the lanthanides form antiprismatic compounds with some of the halides or some of the iodides. The study of crystallography is useful here.^{ [6]} Some lanthanides, when arranged in peculiar antiprismatic structures with chlorine and water, can form moleculebased magnets.^{ [7]}
Right antiprism
For an antiprism with regular ngon bases, one usually considers the case where these two copies are twisted by an angle of 180/n degrees.
The axis of a regular polygon is the line perpendicular to the polygon plane and lying in the polygon centre.
For an antiprism with congruent regular ngon bases, twisted by an angle of 180/n degrees, more regularity is obtained if the bases have the same axis: are coaxial; i.e. (for non coplanar bases): if the line connecting the base centers is perpendicular to the base planes. Then the antiprism is called a right antiprism, and its 2n side faces are isosceles triangles.
Uniform antiprism
A uniform nantiprism has two congruent regular ngons as base faces, and 2n equilateral triangles as side faces.
Uniform antiprisms form an infinite class of vertextransitive polyhedra, as do uniform prisms. For n = 2, we have the regular tetrahedron as a digonal antiprism (degenerate antiprism); for n = 3, the regular octahedron as a triangular antiprism (nondegenerate antiprism).
Antiprism name  Digonal antiprism  (Trigonal) Triangular antiprism 
(Tetragonal) Square antiprism 
Pentagonal antiprism  Hexagonal antiprism  Heptagonal antiprism  Octagonal antiprism  Enneagonal antiprism  Decagonal antiprism  Hendecagonal antiprism  Dodecagonal antiprism  ...  Apeirogonal antiprism 

Polyhedron image  ...  
Spherical tiling image  Plane tiling image  
Vertex config.  2.3.3.3  3.3.3.3  4.3.3.3  5.3.3.3  6.3.3.3  7.3.3.3  8.3.3.3  9.3.3.3  10.3.3.3  11.3.3.3  12.3.3.3  ...  ∞.3.3.3 
Schlegel diagrams
A3 
A4 
A5 
A6 
A7 
A8 
Cartesian coordinates
Cartesian coordinates for the vertices of a right nantiprism (i.e. with regular ngon bases and 2n isosceles triangle side faces) are:
where 0 ≤ k ≤ 2n – 1;
if the nantiprism is uniform (i.e. if the triangles are equilateral), then:
Volume and surface area
Let a be the edgelength of a uniform ngonal antiprism; then the volume is:
and the surface area is:
Related polyhedra
There are an infinite set of truncated antiprisms, including a lowersymmetry form of the truncated octahedron (truncated triangular antiprism). These can be alternated to create snub antiprisms, two of which are Johnson solids, and the snub triangular antiprism is a lower symmetry form of the regular icosahedron.
Antiprisms  

...  
s{2,4}  s{2,6}  s{2,8}  s{2,10}  s{2,2n} 
Truncated antiprisms  
...  
ts{2,4}  ts{2,6}  ts{2,8}  ts{2,10}  ts{2,2n} 
Snub antiprisms  
J_{84}  Icosahedron  J_{85}  Irregular faces...  
...  
ss{2,4}  ss{2,6}  ss{2,8}  ss{2,10}  ss{2,2n} 
Symmetry
The symmetry group of a right nantiprism (i.e. with regular bases and isosceles side faces) is D_{nd} = D_{nv} of order 4n, except in the cases of:
 n = 2: the regular tetrahedron, which has the larger symmetry group T_{d} of order 24 = 3×(4×2), which has three versions of D_{2d} as subgroups;
 n = 3: the regular octahedron, which has the larger symmetry group O_{h} of order 48 = 4×(4×3), which has four versions of D_{3d} as subgroups.
The symmetry group contains inversion if and only if n is odd.
The rotation group is D_{n} of order 2n, except in the cases of:
 n = 2: the regular tetrahedron, which has the larger rotation group T of order 12 = 3×(2×2), which has three versions of D_{2} as subgroups;
 n = 3: the regular octahedron, which has the larger rotation group O of order 24 = 4×(2×3), which has four versions of D_{3} as subgroups.
Note: The right nantiprisms have congruent regular ngon bases and congruent isosceles triangle side faces, thus have the same (dihedral) symmetry group as the uniform nantiprism, for n ≥ 4.
Star antiprism
5/2antiprism 
5/3antiprism  
9/2antiprism 
9/4antiprism 
9/5antiprism 
Uniform star antiprisms are named by their star polygon bases, {p/q}, and exist in prograde and in retrograde (crossed) solutions. Crossed forms have intersecting vertex figures, and are denoted by "inverted" fractions: p/(p – q) instead of p/q; example: 5/3 instead of 5/2.
A right star antiprism has two congruent coaxial regular convex or star polygon base faces, and 2n isosceles triangle side faces.
Any star antiprism with regular convex or star polygon bases can be made a right star antiprism (by translating and/or twisting one of its bases, if necessary).
In the retrograde forms but not in the prograde forms, the triangles joining the convex or star bases intersect the axis of rotational symmetry. Thus:
 Retrograde star antiprisms with regular convex polygon bases cannot have all equal edge lengths, so cannot be uniform. "Exception": a retrograde star antiprism with equilateral triangle bases (vertex configuration: 3.3/2.3.3) can be uniform; but then, it has the appearance of an equilateral triangle: it is a degenerate star polyhedron.
 Similarly, some retrograde star antiprisms with regular star polygon bases cannot have all equal edge lengths, so cannot be uniform. Example: a retrograde star antiprism with regular star 7/5gon bases (vertex configuration: 3.3.3.7/5) cannot be uniform.
Also, star antiprism compounds with regular star p/qgon bases can be constructed if p and q have common factors. Example: a star 10/4antiprism is the compound of two star 5/2antiprisms.
Symmetry group  Uniform stars  Right stars  

D_{4d} [2^{+},8] (2*4) 
3.3/2.3.4  
D_{5h} [2,5] (*225) 
3.3.3.5/2 
3.3/2.3.5  
D_{5d} [2^{+},10] (2*5) 
3.3.3.5/3  
D_{6d} [2^{+},12] (2*6) 
3.3/2.3.6  
D_{7h} [2,7] (*227) 
3.3.3.7/2 
3.3.3.7/4  
D_{7d} [2^{+},14] (2*7) 
3.3.3.7/3  
D_{8d} [2^{+},16] (2*8) 
3.3.3.8/3 
3.3.3.8/5  
D_{9h} [2,9] (*229) 
3.3.3.9/2 
3.3.3.9/4  
D_{9d} [2^{+},18] (2*9) 
3.3.3.9/5  
D_{10d} [2^{+},20] (2*10) 
3.3.3.10/3  
D_{11h} [2,11] (*2.2.11) 
3.3.3.11/2 
3.3.3.11/4 
3.3.3.11/6  
D_{11d} [2^{+},22] (2*11) 
3.3.3.11/3 
3.3.3.11/5 
3.3.3.11/7  
D_{12d} [2^{+},24] (2*12) 
3.3.3.12/5 
3.3.3.12/7  
...  ... 
See also
 Apeirogonal antiprism
 Grand antiprism – a fourdimensional polytope
 One World Trade Center, a building consisting primarily of an elongated square antiprism
 Skew polygon
References
 ^ N.W. Johnson: Geometries and Transformations, (2018) ISBN 9781107103405 Chapter 11: Finite symmetry groups, 11.3 Pyramids, Prisms, and Antiprisms, Figure 11.3c
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} Ericson, Thomas; Zinoviev, Victor (2001). "Codes in dimension n = 3". Codes on Euclidean Spheres. NorthHolland Mathematical Library. Vol. 63. pp. 67–106. doi: 10.1016/S09246509(01)800489. ISBN 9780444503299.
 ^ Beall, Herbert; Gaines, Donald F. (2003). "Boron Hydrides". Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology. pp. 301–316. doi: 10.1016/B0122274105/000739. ISBN 9780122274107.
 ^ “Boron Hydride Chemistry” (E. L. Muetterties, ed.), Academic Press, New York
 ^ Wade, K. (1971). "The structural significance of the number of skeletal bonding electronpairs in carboranes, the higher boranes and borane anions, and various transitionmetal carbonyl cluster compounds". J. Chem. Soc. D. 1971 (15): 792–793. doi: 10.1039/C29710000792.

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Bibliography
 Anthony Pugh (1976). Polyhedra: A visual approach. California: University of California Press Berkeley. ISBN 0520030567. Chapter 2: Archimedean polyhedra, prisms and antiprisms
External links
 Media related to Antiprisms at Wikimedia Commons
 Weisstein, Eric W. "Antiprism". MathWorld.
 Nonconvex Prisms and Antiprisms
 Paper models of prisms and antiprisms