Coxeter–Todd lattice

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In mathematics, the Coxeter–Todd lattice K12, discovered by Coxeter and Todd (1953), is a 12-dimensional even integral lattice of discriminant 36 with no norm-2 vectors. It is the sublattice of the Leech lattice fixed by a certain automorphism of order 3, and is similar to the Barnes–Wall lattice.


The Coxeter–Todd lattice can be made into a 6-dimensional lattice self dual over the Eisenstein integers. The automorphism group of this complex lattice has index 2 in the full automorphism group of the Coxeter–Todd lattice and is a complex reflection group (number 34 on the list) with structure 6.PSU4(F3).2, called the Mitchell group.

The genus of the Coxeter–Todd lattice was described by (Scharlau & Venkov 1995) and has 10 isometry classes: all of them other than the Coxeter–Todd lattice have a root system of maximal rank 12.


Based on Nebe web page we can define K12 using following 6 vectors in 6-dimensional complex coordinates. ω is complex number of order 3 i.e. ω3=1.

(1,0,0,0,0,0), (0,1,0,0,0,0), (0,0,1,0,0,0),

½(1,ω,ω,1,0,0), ½(ω,1,ω,0,1,0), ½(ω,ω,1,0,0,1),

By adding vectors having scalar product -½ and multiplying by ω we can obtain all lattice vectors. We have 15 combinations of two zeros times 16 possible signs gives 240 vectors; plus 6 unit vectors times 2 for signs gives 240+12=252 vectors. Mutliply it by 3 using multiplication by ω we obtain 756 unit vectors in K12 lattice.

Further reading[edit]

The Coxeter–Todd lattice is described in detail in (Conway & Sloane 1999, section 4.9) and (Conway & Sloane 1983).


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