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Coxeter notation

Fundamental domains of reflective 3D point groups
, [ ]=[1]
C1v
, [2]
C2v
, [3]
C3v
, [4]
C4v
, [5]
C5v
, [6]
C6v

Order 2

Order 4

Order 6

Order 8

Order 10

Order 12

[2]=[2,1]
D1h

[2,2]
D2h

[2,3]
D3h

[2,4]
D4h

[2,5]
D5h

[2,6]
D6h

Order 4

Order 8

Order 12

Order 16

Order 20

Order 24
, [3,3], Td , [4,3], Oh , [5,3], Ih

Order 24

Order 48

Order 120
Coxeter notation expresses Coxeter groups as a list of branch orders of a Coxeter diagram, like the polyhedral groups, = [p,q]. dihedral groups, , can be expressed a product [ ]×[n] or in a single symbol with an explicit order 2 branch, [2,n].

In geometry, Coxeter notation (also Coxeter symbol) is a system of classifying symmetry groups, describing the angles between with fundamental reflections of a Coxeter group in a bracketed notation, with modifiers to indicate certain subgroups. The notation is named after H. S. M. Coxeter, and has been more comprehensively defined by Norman Johnson.

Contents

  • Reflectional groups 1
  • Subgroups 2
    • Halving subgroups 2.1
    • Radical subgroups 2.2
    • Trionic subgroups 2.3
    • Central inversion 2.4
    • Rotations and rotary reflections 2.5
    • Commutator subgroups 2.6
    • Example subgroups 2.7
      • Rank 2 example subgroups 2.7.1
      • Rank 3 Euclidean example subgroups 2.7.2
      • Hyperbolic example subgroups 2.7.3
  • Extended symmetry 3
  • Computation with reflection matrices as symmetry generators 4
  • Rank one groups 5
  • Rank two groups 6
  • Rank three groups 7
    • Subgroups 7.1
  • Rank four groups 8
    • Point groups 8.1
      • Subgroups 8.1.1
    • Space groups 8.2
    • Line groups 8.3
    • Duoprismatic group 8.4
    • Wallpaper groups 8.5
  • Notes 9
  • References 10

Reflectional groups

For Coxeter groups defined by pure reflections, there is a direct correspondence between the bracket notation and Coxeter-Dynkin diagram. The numbers in the bracket notation represent the mirror reflection orders in the branches of the Coxeter diagram. It uses the same simplification, suppressing 2s between orthogonal mirrors.

The Coxeter notation is simplified with exponents to represent the number of branches in a row for linear diagram. So the An group is represented by [3n-1], to imply n nodes connected by n-1 order-3 branches. Example A2 = [3,3] = [32].

Coxeter initially represented bifurcating diagrams with vertical positioning of numbers, but later abbreviated with an exponent notation, like [3p,q,r], starting with [31,1,1] = as D4. Coxeter allowed for zeros as special cases to fit the An family, like A3 = [3,3,3,3] = [34,0,0] = [33,1,0] = [32,2,0], like = = .

Coxeter groups formed by cyclic diagrams are represented by parenthesese inside of brackets, like [(p,q,r)] = for the triangle group (p q r). If the branch orders are equal, they can be grouped as an exponent as the length the cycle in brackets, like [(3,3,3,3)] = [3[4]], representing Coxeter diagram or . can be represented as [3,(3,3,3)] or [3,3[3]].

More complicated looping diagrams can also be expressed with care. The paracompact Coxeter group can be represented by Coxeter notation [(3,3,(3),3,3)], with nested/overlapping parentheses showing two adjacent [(3,3,3)] loops, and is also represented more compactly as [3[ ]×[ ]], representing the rhombic symmetry of the Coxeter diagram. The paracompact complete graph diagram or , is represented as [3[3,3]] with [3,3] as the symmetry of its regular tetrahedron coxeter diagram.

The Coxeter diagram usually leaves order-2 branches undrawn, but the bracket notation includes an explicit 2 to connect the subgraphs. So the Coxeter diagram = A2×A2 = A22 can be represented by [3]×[3] = [3]2 = [3,2,3].

Finite Coxeter groups
Rank Group
symbol
Bracket
notation
Coxeter
diagram
2 A2 [3]
2 BC2 [4]
2 H2 [5]
2 G2 [6]
2 I2(p) [p]
3 H3 [5,3]
3 A3 [3,3]
3 BC3 [4,3]
4 A4 [3,3,3]
4 BC4 [4,3,3]
4 D4 [31,1,1]
4 F4 [3,4,3]
4 H4 [5,3,3]
n An [3n-1] ..
n BCn [4,3n-2] ...
n Dn [3n-3,1,1] ...
6 E6 [32,2,1]
7 E7 [33,2,1]
8 E8 [34,2,1]
Affine Coxeter groups
Group
symbol
Bracket
notation
Coxeter
diagram
{\tilde{I}}_1 [∞]
{\tilde{A}}_2 [3[3]]
{\tilde{C}}_2 [4,4]
{\tilde{G}}_2 [6,3]
{\tilde{A}}_3 [3[4]]
{\tilde{B}}_3 [4,31,1]
{\tilde{C}}_3 [4,3,4]
{\tilde{A}}_4 [3[5]]
{\tilde{B}}_4 [4,3,31,1]
{\tilde{C}}_4 [4,3,3,4]
{\tilde{D}}_4 [ 31,1,1,1]
{\tilde{F}}_4 [3,4,3,3]
{\tilde{A}}_n [3[n+1]] ...
or
...
{\tilde{B}}_n [4,3n-2,31,1] ...
{\tilde{C}}_n [4,3n-1,4] ...
{\tilde{D}}_n [ 31,1,3n-3,31,1] ...
{\tilde{E}}_6 [32,2,2]
{\tilde{E}}_7 [33,3,1]
{\tilde{E}}_8 [35,2,1]
Compact Hyperbolic Coxeter groups
Group
symbol
Bracket
notation
Coxeter
diagram
[p,q]
with 2(p+q)
[(p,q,r)]
with p+q+r>9
{\bar{BH}}_3 [4,3,5]
{\bar{K}}_3 [5,3,5]
{\bar{J}}_3 [3,5,3]
{\bar{DH}}_3 [5,31,1]
{\widehat{AB}}_3 [(3,3,3,4)]  
{\widehat{AH}}_3 [(3,3,3,5)]  
{\widehat{BB}}_3 [(3,4,3,4)]
{\widehat{BH}}_3 [(3,4,3,5)]
{\widehat{HH}}_3 [(3,5,3,5)]
{\bar{H}}_4 [3,3,3,5]
{\bar{BH}}_4 [4,3,3,5]
{\bar{K}}_4 [5,3,3,5]
{\bar{DH}}_4 [5,3,31,1]
{\widehat{AF}}_4 [(3,3,3,3,4)]

For the affine and hyperbolic groups, the subscript is one less than the number of nodes in each case, since each of these groups was obtained by adding a node to a finite group's diagram.

Subgroups

Coxeter's notation represents rotational/translational symmetry by adding a + superscript operator outside the brackets which cuts the order of the group in half (called index 2 subgroup). This is called a direct subgroup because what remains are only direct isometries without reflective symmetry.

+ operators can also be applied inside of the brackets, and creates "semidirect" subgroups that include both reflective and nonreflective generators. Semidirect subgroups can only apply to Coxeter group subgroups that have even order branches next to it. Elements by parentheses inside of a Coxeter group can be give a + superscript operator, having the effect of dividing adjacent ordered branches into half order, thus is usually only applied with even numbers. For example [4,3+] and [4,(3,3)+]. The subgroup index is 2n for n + operators.

Groups without neighboring + elements can be seen in ringed nodes Coxeter-Dynkin diagram for uniform polytopes and honeycomb are related to hole nodes around the + elements, empty circles with the alternated nodes removed. So , has symmetry in Coxeter notation of [4,3]+, and has group notation [4,3+], while has symmetry [1+,4,3].

Halving subgroups

Example halving operations

[ 1,4, 1] = [4]
= =
[1+,4, 1]=[2]=[ ]×[ ]
= =
[ 1,4,1+]=[2]=[ ]×[ ]
= = =
[1+,4,1+] = [2]+

Johnson extends the + operator to work with a placeholder 1 nodes, which removes mirrors, doubling the size of the fundamental domain and cuts the group order in half. In general this operation only applies to mirrors bounded by all even-order branches. The 1 represents a mirror so [2p] can be seen as [2p,1], [1,2p], or [1,2p,1], like diagram , with 2 mirrors related by an order-2p dihedral angle. The effect of a mirror removal is to duplicate connecting nodes, which can be seen in the Coxeter diagrams: = , or in bracket notation: [2p] = [1+,2p, 1] = [1,p,1] = [p].

Each of these mirrors can be removed so [1+,2p,1] = [1,2p,1+] = [p], a reflective subgroup index 2. This can be shown in a Coxeter diagram by adding a + symbol above the node: = = .

If both mirrors are removed, the branch order becomes a gyration point of half the order:

[1+,2p,1+] = [p]+, a rotational subgroup of index 4. = = = .

For example (with p=2): [4,1+] = [1+,4] = [2] = [ ]×[ ], order 4. [1+,4,1+] = [2]+, order 2.

The opposite to halving is doubling which adds a mirror, bisecting a fundamental domain, and doubling the group order.

= [2p]

Halving operations apply for higher rank groups, like [1+,4,3] = [3,3], removing half the mirrors at the 4-branch. The effect of a mirror removal is to duplicate all connecting nodes, which can be seen in the Coxeter diagrams: = , [1+,2p,q] = [(q,q,p)].

Doubling by adding a mirror also applies in reversing the halving operation: = [4,3], or more generally = [2p,q].
Tetrahedral symmetry Octahedral symmetry

Td, [3,3] = [1+,4,3]
= =
(Order 24)

Oh, [4,3] =

(Order 48)

Radical subgroups

A radical subgroup is similar to an alternation, but removes the rotational generators.

Johnson also added a star * operator, that acts similar to the + operator, but removes rotational symmetry. The index of the radical subgroup is the order of the removed element. For example [4,3*] [2,2]. The removed [3] subgroup is order 6 so [2,2] is an index 6 subgroup of [4,3].

The radical subgroups represent the inverse operation to an extended symmetry operation. For example [4,3*] [2,2], and in reverse [2,2] can be extended as [3[2,2]] [4,3]. The subgroups can be expressed as a Coxeter diagram: . The removed node (mirror) causes adjacent mirror virtual mirrors to become real mirrors.

If [4,3] has generators {0,1,2}, [4,3+], index 2, has generators {0,12}; [1+,4,3], index 2 has generators {010,1,2}; while radical subgroup [4,3*], index 6, has generators {01210, 2, (012)3}; and finally [1+,4,3*], index 12 has generators {0(12)20, (012)201}.

Trionic subgroups

Trionic subgroup relations of [3,3]
Trionic subgroup relations of [3,3,4]

Johnson identified two specific subgroups of [3,3], first an index 3 subgroup [3,3] [2+,4], with generators {02,1}, with [3,3] generators {0,1,2}. It can also be written as [(3,3,2)] as a reminder of its generators. This symmetry reduction is the relationship between the regular tetrahedron and the tetragonal disphenoid, represent a stretching of a tetrahedron perpendicular to two opposite edges.

Secondly he identifies a related index 6 subgroup [3,3]Δ or [(3,3,2Δ)] or [(3,3,2)]+, index 3 from [3,3]+ [2,2]+, with generators {02,1021}, from [3,3] and its generators {0,1,2}.

These subgroups also apply within larger Coxeter groups with [3,3] subgroup with neighboring branches all even order.

For example [(3,3)+,4], [(3,3),4], and [(3,3)Δ,4] are subgroups of [3,3,4], index 2, 3 and 6 respectively. The generators of [(3,3),4] are {02,1,3} from [3,3,4] generators {0,1,2,3}. The generators of [(3,3)Δ,4] are {02,1021,3}.

Also related [31,1,1] = [3,3,4,1+] has trionic subgroups: [31,1,1] = [(3,3),4,1+], order 64, and [31,1,1]Δ = [(3,3)Δ,4,1+] +, order 32.


Central inversion

A 2D central inversion is a 180 degree rotation

A central inversion, order 2, is operationally differently by dimension. The group [ ]n = [2n-1] represents n orthogonal mirrors in n-dimensional space, or an n-flat subspace of a higher dimensional space. The mirrors of the group [2n-1] are numbered 0..n-1. The order of the mirrors doesn't matter in the case of an inversion.

From that basis, the central inversion has a generator as the product of all the orthogonal mirrors. In Coxeter notation this inversion group is expressed by adding an alternation (+) to each 2 branch. The alternation symmetry is marked on Coxeter diagram nodes as open nodes.

A Coxeter-Dynkin diagram can be marked up with explicit 2 branches defining a linear sequence of mirrors, open-nodes, and shared double-open nodes to show the chaining of the reflection generators.

For example, [2+,2] and [2,2+] are subgroups index 2 of [2,2], , and are represented as and with generators {01,2} and {0,12} respectively. Their common subgroup index 4 is [2+,2+], and is represented by , with the double-open marking a shared node in the two alternations.

Dimension Coxeter notation Order Coxeter diagram Operation Generator
2 [2]+ 2 rotation {01}
3 [2+,2+] 2 rotary reflection {012}
4 [2+,2+,2+] 2 double rotation {0123}
5 [2+,2+,2+,2+] 2 double rotary reflection {01234}
6 [2+,2+,2+,2+,2+] 2 triple rotation {012345}
7 [2+,2+,2+,2+,2+,2+] 2 triple rotary reflection {0123456}

Rotations and rotary reflections

Rotations and rotary reflections are constructed by a single single-generator product of all the reflections of a prismatic group, [2p]×[2q]×... When gcd(p,q,..)=1, they are isomorphic to the abstract cyclic group Zn, of order n=2pq.

The 4-dimensional double rotations, [2p+,2+,2q+], which include a central group, and are expressed by Conway as ±[Cp×Cq], order 2pq/gcd(p,q).[1]
Dimension Coxeter notation Order Coxeter diagram Operation Generator Direct subgroup
2 [p]+ p Rotation {01} [p]+
3 [2p+,2+] 2p rotary reflection {012}
4 [2p+,2+,2+] double rotation {0123}
5 [2p+,2+,2+,2+] double rotary reflection {01234}
6 [2p+,2+,2+,2+,2+] triple rotation {012345}
7 [2p+,2+,2+,2+,2+,2+] triple rotary reflection {0123456}
4 [2p+,2+,2q+] 2pq double rotation {0123} [p+,2,q+]
5 [2p+,2+,2q+,2+] double rotary reflection {01234}
6 [2p+,2+,2q+,2+,2+] triple rotation {012345}
7 [2p+,2+,2q+,2+,2+,2+] triple rotary reflection {0123456}
6 [2p+,2+,2q+,2+,2r+] 2pqr triple rotation {012345} [p+,2,q+,2,r+]
7 [2p+,2+,2q+,2+,2r+,2+] triple rotary reflection {0123456}

Commutator subgroups

Simple groups with only odd-order branch elements have only a single rotational/translational subgroup of order 2, which is also the commutator subgroup, examples [3,3]+, [3,5]+, [3,3,3]+, [3,3,5]+. For other Coxeter groups with even-order branches, the commutator subgroup has index 2c, where c is the number of disconnected subgraphs when all the even-order branches are removed.[2] For example, [4,4] has three independent nodes in the Coxeter diagram when the 4s are removed, so its commutator subgroup is index 23, and can have different representations, all with three + operators: [4+,4+]+, [1+,4,1+,4,1+], [1+,4,4,1+]+, or [(4+,4+,2+)]. A general notation can be used with +c as a group exponent, like [4,4]+3.

Example subgroups

Rank 2 example subgroups

Dihedral symmetry groups with even-orders have a number of subgroups. This example shows two generator mirrors of [4] in red and green, and looks at all subgroups by halfing, rank-reduction, and their direct subgroups. The group [4], has two mirror generators 0, and 1. Each generate two virtual mirrors 101 and 010 by reflection across the other.
Subgroups of [4]
Index 1 2 (half) 4 (Rank-reduction)
Diagram
Coxeter

[1,4,1] = [4]
= =
[1+,4,1] = [1+,4] = [2]
= =
[1,4,1+] = [4,1+] = [2]

[1] = [ ]

[1] = [ ]
Generators {0,1} {101,1} {0,010} {0} {1}
Direct subgroups
Index 2 4 8
Diagram
Coxeter
[4]+
= = =
[4]+2 = [1+,4,1+] = [2]+

[ ]+
Generators {01} {(01)2} {02} = {12} = {(01)4} = { }

Rank 3 Euclidean example subgroups

The [4,4] group has 15 small index subgroups. This table shows them all, with a yellow fundamental domain for pure reflective groups, and alternating white and blue domains which are paired up to make rotational domains. Cyan, red, and green mirror lines correspond to the same colored nodes in the Coxeter diagram. Subgroup generators can be expressed as products of the original 3 mirrors of the fundamental domain, {0,1,2}, corresponding to the 3 nodes of the Coxeter diagram, . A product of two intersecting reflection lines makes a rotation, like {012}, {12}, or {02}. Removing a mirror causes two copies of neighboring mirrors, across the removed mirror, like {010}, and {212}. Two rotations in series cut the rotation order in half, like {0101} or {(01)2}, {1212} or {(02)2}. A product of all three mirrors creates a transreflection, like {012} or {120}.

Small index subgroups of [4,4]
Index 1 2 4
Diagram
Coxeter
[1,4,1,4,1] = [4,4]
[1+,4,4]
=
[4,4,1+]
=
[4,1+,4]
=
[1+,4,4,1+]
=
[4+,4+]
Generators {0,1,2} {010,1,2} {0,1,212} {0,101,121,2} {010,1,212,20102} {(01)2,(12)2,012}
Orbifold *442 *2222 22×
Semidirect subgroups
Index 2 4
Diagram
Coxeter [4,4+]
[4+,4]
[(4,4,2+)]
=
[4,1+,4,1+]
= =
[1+,4,1+,4]
= =
Generators {0,12} {01,2} {02,1,212} {0,101,(12)2} {(01)2,121,2}
Orbifold 4*2 2*22
Direct subgroups
Index 2 4 8
Diagram
Coxeter [4,4]+
=
[1+,4,4+]+
=
[4+,4,1+]+
=
[(4,1+,4,2+)]+
=
[4,4]+3 = [(4+,4+,2+)] = [1+,4,1+,4,1+] = [4+,4+]+
= = = =
Generators {01,12} {(01)2,12} {01,(12)2} {02,(01)2,(12)2} {(01)2,(12)2,2(01)22}
Orbifold 442 2222
Radical subgroups
Index 8 16
Diagram
Coxeter [4,4*]
=
[4*,4]
=
[4,4*]+
=
[4*,4]+
=
Orbifold *2222 2222

Hyperbolic example subgroups

The same set of 15 small subgroups exists on all triangle groups with even order elements, like [6,4] in the hyperbolic plane:
Small index subgroups of [6,4]
Index 1 2 4
Diagram
Coxeter
[1,6,1,4,1] = [6,4]
[1+,6,4]
=
[6,4,1+]
=
[6,1+,4]
=
[1+,6,4,1+]
=
[6+,4+]
Generators {0,1,2} {010,1,2} {0,1,212} {0,101,121,2} {010,1,212,20102} {0101,1212,012}
Orbifold *642 *443 *662 *3222 *3232 32×
Semidirect subgroups
Diagram
Coxeter [6,4+]
[6+,4]
[(6,4,2+)]
[6,1+,4,1+]
= =
= =
[1+,6,1+,4]
= =
= =
Generators {0,12} {01,2} {02,1,212} {0,101,1212} {0101,121,2}
Orbifold 4*3 6*2 2*32 2*33 3*22
Direct subgroups
Index 2 4 8
Diagram
Coxeter [6,4]+
=
[6,4+]+
=
[6+,4]+
=
[(6,4,2+)]+
=
[6+,4+]+ = [1+,6,1+,4,1+]
=
= =
Generators {01,12} {0101,12} {01,1212} {02,0101,1212} {0101,1212,201012}
Orbifold 642 443 662 3222 3232
Radical subgroups
Index 8 12 16 24
Diagram
Coxeter
(orbifold)
[6,4*]
=
(*3333)
[6*,4]

(*222222)
[6,4*]+
=
(3333)
[6*,4]+

(222222)

Extended symmetry

Coxeter's notation includes double square bracket notation, to express isomorphic symmetry within a Coxeter diagram. Johnson added alternative of angled-bracket <[X]> option as equivalent to square brackets for doubling to distinguish diagram symmetry through the nodes versus through the branches. Johnson also added a prefix symmetry modifier [Y[X]], where Y can either represent symmetry of the Coxeter diagram of [X], or symmetry of the fundamental domain of [X].

For example in these equivalent rectangle and rhombic geometry diagrams of {\tilde{A}}_3: and , the first doubled with square brackets, or twice doubled as [2[3[4]]], with [2], order 4 higher symmetry. To differentiate the second, angled brackets are used for doubling, <[3[4]]> and twice doubled as <2[3[4]]>, also with a different [2], order 4 symmetry. Finally a full symmetry where all 4 nodes are equivalent can be represented by [4[3[4]]], with the order 8, [4] symmetry of the square. But by considering the tetragonal disphenoid fundamental domain the [4] extended symmetry of the square graph can be marked more explicitly as [(2+,4)[3[4]]] or [2+,4[3[4]]].

Further symmetry exists in the cyclic {\tilde{A}}_n and branching D_3, {\tilde{E}}_6, and {\tilde{D}}_4 diagrams. {\tilde{A}}_n has order 2n symmetry of a regular n-gon, {n}, and is represented by [n[3[n]]]. D_3 and {\tilde{E}}_6 are represented by [3[31,1,1]] = [3,4,3] and [3[32,2,2]] respectively while {\tilde{D}}_4 by [(3,3)[31,1,1,1]] = [3,3,4,3], with the diagram containing the order 24 symmetry of the regular tetrahedron, {3,3}. The paracompact hyperbolic group {\bar{L}}_5 = [31,1,1,1,1], , contains the symmetry of a 5-cell, {3,3,3}, and thus is represented by [(3,3,3)[31,1,1,1,1]] = [3,4,3,3,3].

A "*" superscript is effectively an inverse operation, creating radical subgroups removing connected of odd-ordered mirrors.[3]

Examples:
Extended groups Radical subgroups Coxeter diagrams Index
[3[2,2]] = [4,3] [4,3*] = [2,2] = 6
[(3,3)[2,2,2]] = [4,3,3] [4,(3,3)*] = [2,2,2] = 24
[1[31,1]] = = [3,4] [3,4,1+] = [3,3] = 2
[3[31,1,1]] = [3,4,3] [3*,4,3] = [31,1,1] = 6
[2[31,1,1,1]] = [4,3,3,4] [1+,4,3,3,4,1+] = [31,1,1,1] = 4
[3[3,31,1,1]] = [3,3,4,3] [3*,4,3,3] = [31,1,1,1] = 6
[(3,3)[31,1,1,1]] = [3,4,3,3] [3,4,(3,3)*] = [31,1,1,1] = 24
[2[3,31,1,1,1]] = [3,(3,4)1,1] [3,(3,4,1+)1,1] = [3,31,1,1,1] = 4
[(2,3)[1,131,1,1]] = [4,3,3,4,3] [1+,4,3,3,4,3+] = [31,1,1,1,1] = 12
[(3,3)[3,31,1,1,1]] = [3,3,4,3,3] [3,3,4,(3,3)*] = [31,1,1,1,1] = 24
[(3,3,3)[31,1,1,1,1]] = [3,4,3,3,3] [3,4,(3,3,3)*] = [31,1,1,1,1] = 120
Extended groups Radical subgroups Coxeter diagrams Index
[1[3[3]]] = [3,6] [3,6,1+] = [3[3]] = 2
[3[3[3]]] = [6,3] [6,3*] = [3[3]] = 6
[1[3,3[3]]] = [3,3,6] [3,3,6,1+] = [3,3[3]] = 2
[(3,3)[3[3,3]]] = [6,3,3] [6,(3,3)*] = [3[3,3]] = 24
[1[∞]2] = [4,4] [4,1+,4] = [∞]2 = [∞]×[∞] = [∞,2,∞] = 2
[2[∞]2] = [4,4] [1+,4,4,1+] = [(4,4,2*)] = [∞]2 = 4
[4[∞]2] = [4,4] [4,4*] = [∞]2 = 8
[2[3[4]]] = [4,3,4] [1+,4,3,4,1+] = [(4,3,4,2*)] = [3[4]] = = 4
[3[∞]3] = [4,3,4] [4,3*,4] = [∞]3 = [∞,2,∞,2,∞] = 6
[(3,3)[∞]3] = [4,31,1] [4,(31,1)*] = [∞]3 = 24
[(4,3)[∞]3] = [4,3,4] [4,(3,4)*] = [∞]3 = 48
[(3,3)[∞]4] = [4,3,3,4] [4,(3,3)*,4] = [∞]4 = 24
[(4,3,3)[∞]4] = [4,3,3,4] [4,(3,3,4)*] = [∞]4 = 384

Looking at generators, the double symmmetry is seen as adding a new operator that maps symmetric positions in the Coxeter diagram, making some original generators redundant. For 3D space groups, and 4D point groups, Coxeter defines an index two subgroup of , +, which is the chiral subgroup of . So for example the 3D space groups + (I432, 211) and (Im3m, 229).

Computation with reflection matrices as symmetry generators

A Coxeter group, represented by Coxeter diagram , is given Coxeter notation [p,q] for the branch orders. Each node in the Coxeter diagram represents a mirror, by convention called ρi (and matrix Ri). The generators of this group [p,q] are reflections: ρ0, ρ1, and ρ2. Rotational subsymmetry is given as products of reflections: By convention, σ0,1 (and matrix S0,1) = ρ0ρ1 represents a rotation of angle π/p, and σ1,2 = ρ1ρ2 is a rotation of angle π/q, and σ0,2 = ρ0ρ2 represents a rotation of angle π/2.

[p,q]+ is an index 2 subgroup represented by two rotation generators, each a products of two reflections: σ0,1, σ1,2, and representing rotations of π/p, and π/q angles respectively.

If q is even, [p+,q] is another subgroup of index 2, represented by rotation generator σ0,1, and reflectional ρ2.

If both p and q are even, [p+,q+] is a subgroup of index 4 with a single generator type, constructed as a product of all three reflection matrices: By convention as: ψ0,1,2 (and matrix U0,1,2) = σ0,1ρ2 = ρ0σ1,2 = ρ0ρ1ρ2, which is an rotary reflection, representing a reflection and rotation.

In the case of affine Coxeter groups like , or , one mirror, usually the last, is translated off the origin. A translation generator τ0,1 (and matrix T0,1) is constructed as the product of two (or an even number of) reflections, including the affine reflection. A transreflection (reflection plus a translation) can be the product of an odd number of reflections φ0,1,2 (and matrix V0,1,2), like the index 4 subgroup : [4+,4+] = .

Another composite generator, by convention as ζ (and matrix Z), represents the inversion, mapping a point to its inverse. For [4,3] and [5,3], ζ = (ρ0ρ1ρ2)h/2, where h is 6 and 10 respectively, the Coxeter number for each family. For 3D Coxeter group [p,q], this subgroup is a rotary reflection [2+,h+].

Example, in 2D, the Coxeter group [p] is represented by two reflection matrices R0 and R1, The cyclic symmetry [p]+ is represented by rotation generator of matrix S0,1.
R0 R1 S0,1=R0xR1

\left [\begin{smallmatrix} 1 & 0 \\ 0 & -1 \\ \end{smallmatrix}\right ]

\left [\begin{smallmatrix} \cos 2\pi/p & \sin 2\pi/p \\ \sin 2\pi/p & -\cos 2\pi/p \\ \end{smallmatrix}\right ]

\left [\begin{smallmatrix} \cos 2\pi/p & \sin 2\pi/p \\ -\sin 2\pi/p & \cos 2\pi/p \\ \end{smallmatrix}\right ]

A simple example affine group is [4,4] (p4m), can be given by three reflection matrices, constructed as a reflection across the x axis (y=0), a diagonal (x=y), and the affine reflection across the line (x=1). [4,4]+ (p4) is generated by S0,1 S1,2, and S0,2. [4+,4+] (pgg) is generated by 2-fold rotation S0,2 and trans-reflection V0,1,2. [4+,4] (p4g) is generated by S0,1 and R3. The group [(4,4,2+)] (cmm), is generated by 2-fold rotation S1,3 and reflection R2.
R0 R1 R2 S0,1 S1,2 S0,2 V0,1,2

\left [\begin{smallmatrix} 1 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & -1 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 \\ \end{smallmatrix}\right ]

\left [\begin{smallmatrix} 0 & 1 & 0 \\ 1 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 \\ \end{smallmatrix}\right ]

\left [\begin{smallmatrix} -1 & 0 & 2 \\ 0 & 1 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 \\ \end{smallmatrix}\right ]

\left [\begin{smallmatrix} 0 & 1 & 0 \\ -1 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 \\ \end{smallmatrix}\right ]

\left [\begin{smallmatrix} 0 & 1 & 0 \\ -1 & 0 & 2 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 \\ \end{smallmatrix}\right ]

\left [\begin{smallmatrix} -1 & 0 & 2 \\ 0 & -1 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 \\ \end{smallmatrix}\right ]

\left [\begin{smallmatrix} 0 & 1 & 0 \\ 1 & 0 & -2 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 \\ \end{smallmatrix}\right ]

Coxeter groups are categorized by their rank, being the number of nodes in its Coxeter-Dynkin diagram. The structure of the groups are also given with their abstract group types: In this article, the abstract dihedral groups are represented as Dihn, and cyclic groups are represented by Zn, with Dih1=Z2.

Rank one groups

In one dimension, the bilateral group [ ] represents a single mirror symmetry, abstract Dih1 or Z2, symmetry order 2. It is represented as a Coxeter–Dynkin diagram with a single node, . The identity group is the direct subgroup [ ]+, Z1, symmetry order 1. The + superscript simply implies that alternate mirror reflections are ignored, leaving the identity group in this simplest case. Coxeter used a single open node to represent an alternation, .

Group Coxeter Coxeter diagram Order Description
C1 [ ]+ 1 Identity
D1 [ ] 2 Reflection group

Rank two groups

A regular hexagon, with markings on edges and vertices has 8 symmetries: [6], [3], [2], [1], [6]+, [3]+, [2]+, [1]+, with [3] and [2] existing in two forms, depending whether the mirrors are on the edges or vertices.

In two dimensions, the rectangular group [2], abstract Dih2, also can be represented as a direct product [ ]×[ ] or Z2×Z2, being the product of two bilateral groups, represents two orthogonal mirrors, with Coxeter diagram, , with order 4. The 2 in [2] comes from linearization of the orthogonal subgraphs in the Coxeter diagram, as , with explicit branch order 2. The rhombic group, [2]+, >, half of the rectangular group, the point reflection symmetry, Z2, order 2. Coxeter notation allows a 1 place-holder for lower rank groups, so [1] is the same as [ ], and [1+] or [1]+ is the same as [ ]+ and Coxeter diagram . This may be done to imply the group exists in 2-dimensions rather than 1 dimension.

The full p-gonal group [p], abstract dihedral group Dihp, (nonabelian for p>2), of order 2p, is generated by two mirrors at angle π/p, represented by Coxeter diagram . The p-gonal subgroup [p]+, cyclic group Zp, of order p, generated by a rotation angle of π/p.

Coxeter notation uses double-bracking to represent an automorphic doubling of symmetry by adding a bisecting mirror to the fundamental domain. For example adds a bisecting mirror to [p], and is isomorphic to [2p].

In the limit, going down to one dimensions, the full apeirogonal group is obtained when the angle goes to zero, so [∞], abstractly the infinite dihedral group Dih, represents two parallel mirrors and has a Coxeter diagram . The apeirogonal group [∞]+, , abstractly the infinite cyclic group Z, isomorphic to the additive group of the integers, is generated by a single nonzero translation.

In the hyperbolic plane, there's a full pseudogonal group [πi/λ], and pseudogonal subgroup [πi/λ]+, . These groups exist in regular infinite sided polygons, with edge length λ. The mirrors are all orthogonal to a single line.

Type Finite Affine Hyperbolic
Geometry ...
Coxeter
[ ]
=
[2]=[ ]×[ ]

[3]

[4]

[p]

[∞]

[∞]

[iπ/λ]
Order 2 4 6 8 2p
Mirror lines are colored to correspond to Coxeter diagram nodes.
Fundamental domains are alternately colored.
Even
images
(direct)
...
Odd
images
(inverted)
Coxeter
[ ]+

[2]+

[3]+

[4]+

[p]+

[∞]+

[∞]+

[iπ/λ]+
Order 1 2 3 4 p
Cyclic subgroups represent alternate reflections, all even (direct) images.
Group Intl Orbifold Coxeter Coxeter diagram Order Description
Finite
Zn n n• [n]+ n Cyclic: n-fold rotations. Abstract group Zn, the group of integers under addition modulo n.
Dn nm *n• [n] 2n Dihedral: cyclic with reflections. Abstract group Dihn, the dihedral group.
Affine
Z ∞• [∞]+ Cyclic: apeirogonal group. Abstract group Z, the group of integers under addition.
Dih m *∞• [∞] Dihedral: parallel reflections. Abstract infinite dihedral group Dih.
Hyperbolic
Z [πi/λ]+ pseudogonal group
Dih [πi/λ] full pseudogonal group

Rank three groups

Finite family correspondence
Affine isomorphism and correspondences

In three dimensions, the full orthorhombic group [2,2], astracttly Z2×Dih2, order 8, represents three orthogonal mirrors, and also can be represented by Coxeter diagram as three separate dots . It can also can be represented as a direct product [ ]×[ ]×[ ], but the [2,2] expression allows subgroups to be defined:

First there is a "semidirect" subgroup, the orthorhombic group, [2,2+], abstractly Dih1×Z2=Z2×Z2, of order 4. When the + superscript is given inside of the brackets, it means reflections generated only from the adjacent mirrors (as defined by the Coxeter diagram, ) are alternated. In general, the branch orders neighboring the + node must be even. In this case [2,2+] and [2+,2] represent two isomorphic subgroups that are geometrically distinct. The other subgroups are the pararhombic group [2,2]+, also order 4, and finally the central group [2+,2+] of order 2.

Next there is the full ortho-p-gonal group, [2,p], abstractly Dih1×Dihp=Z2×Dihp, of order 4p, representing two mirrors at a dihedral angle π/p, and both are orthogonal to a third mirror. It is also represented by Coxeter diagram as .

The direct subgroup is called the para-p-gonal group, [2,p]+, abstractly Dihp, of order 2p, and another subgroup is [2,p+] abstractly Zp×Z2, also of order 2p.

The full gyro-p-gonal group, [2+,2p], abstractly Dih2p, of order 4p. The gyro-p-gonal group, [2+,2p+], abstractly Z2p, of order 2p is a subgroup of both [2+,2p] and [2,2p+].

The polyhedral groups are based on the symmetry of platonic solids, the tetrahedron, octahedron, cube, icosahedron, and dodecahedron, with Schläfli symbols {3,3}, {3,4}, {4,3}, {3,5}, and {5,3} respectively. The Coxeter groups for these are called in Coxeter's bracket notation [3,3], [3,4], [3,5] called full tetrahedral symmetry, octahedral symmetry, and icosahedral symmetry, with orders of 24, 48, and 120. The front-to-back order can be reversed in the Coxeter notation, unlike the Schläfli symbol.

The tetrahedral group, [3,3], has a doubling which maps the first and last mirrors onto each other, and this produces the [3,4] group.

In all these symmetries, alternate reflections can be removed producing the rotational tetrahedral, octahedral, and icosahedral groups of order 12, 24, and 60. The octahedral group also has a unique subgroup called the pyritohedral symmetry group, [3+,4], of order 12, with a mixture of rotational and reflectional symmetry.

In the Euclidean plane there's 3 fundamental reflective groups generated by 3 mirrors, represented by Coxeter diagrams , , and , and are given Coxeter notation as [4,4], [6,3], and [(3,3,3)]. The parentheses of the last group imply the diagram cycle, and also has a shorthand notation [3[3]].

as a doubling of the [4,4] group produced the same symmetry rotated π/4 from the original set of mirrors.

Direct subgroups of rotational symmetry are: [4,4]+, [6,3]+, and [(3,3,3)]+. [4+,4] and [6,3+] are semidirect subgroups.

Tetrahedral symmetry Octahedral symmetry
Icosahedral symmetry
Finite (point groups in three dimensions)
Intl* Geo
[4]
Orbifold Schönflies Conway Coxeter Order
1 1 1 C1 C1 [ ]+ 1
2 = m 1 * Cs = C1v = C1h ±C1 = CD2 [ ] 2
2
3
4
5
6
n
2
3
4
5
6
n
22
33
44
55
66
nn
C2
C3
C4
C5
C6
Cn
C2
C3
C4
C5
C6
Cn
[2]+
[3]+
[4]+
[5]+
[6]+
[n]+





2
3
4
5
6
n
2mm
3m
4mm
5m
6mm
nmm
nm
2
3
4
5
6
n
*22
*33
*44
*55
*66
*nn
C2v
C3v
C4v
C5v
C6v
Cnv
CD4
CD6
CD8
CD10
CD12
CD2n
[2]
[3]
[4]
[5]
[6]
[n]





4
6
8
10
12
2n
2/m
3/m
4/m
5/m
6/m
n/m
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
n 2
2*
3*
4*
5*
6*
n*
C2h
C3h
C4h
C5h
C6h
Cnh
±C2
CC6
±C4
CC10
±C6
±Cn / CC2n
[2,2+]
[2,3+]
[2,4+]
[2,5+]
[2,6+]
[2,n+]





4
6
8
10
12
2n
4
3
8
5
12
2n
n
2 2
1
4 2
6 2
8 2
10 2
12 2
2n 2






Ci = S2
S4
S6
S8
S10
S12
S2n
CC2
CC4
±C3
CC8
±C5
CC12
CC2n / ±Cn
[2+,2+]
[2+,4+]
[2+,6+]
[2+,8+]
[2+,10+]
[2+,12+]
[2+,2n+]






2
4
6
8
10
12
2n
Intl Geo Orbifold Schönflies Conway Coxeter Order
222
32
422
52
622
n22
n2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
n 2
222
223
224
225
226
22n
D2
D3
D4
D5
D6
Dn
D4
D6
D8
D10
D12
D2n
[2,2]+
[2,3]+
[2,4]+
[2,5]+
[2,6]+
[2,n]+





4
6
8
10
12
2n
mmm
6m2
4/mmm
10m2
6/mmm
n/mmm
2nm2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
n 2
*222
*223
*224
*225
*226
*22n
D2h
D3h
D4h
D5h
D6h
Dnh
±D4
DD12
±D8
DD20
±D12
±D2n / DD4n
[2,2]
[2,3]
[2,4]
[2,5]
[2,6]
[2,n]





8
12
16
20
24
4n
42m
3m
82m
5m
122m
2n2m
nm
4 2
6 2
8 2
10 2
12 2
n 2
2*2
2*3
2*4
2*5
2*6
2*n
D2d
D3d
D4d
D5d
D6d
Dnd
±D4
±D6
DD16
±D10
DD24
DD4n / ±D2n
[2+,4]
[2+,6]
[2+,8]
[2+,10]
[2+,12]
[2+,2n]





8
12
16
20
24
4n
23 3 3 332 T T [3,3]+ 12
m3 4 3 3*2 Th ±T [3+,4] 24
43m 3 3 *332 Td TO [3,3] 24
432 4 3 432 O O [3,4]+ 24
m3m 4 3 *432 Oh ±O [3,4] 48
532 5 3 532 I I [3,5]+ 60
53m 5 3 *532 Ih ±I [3,5] 120
Semiaffine (frieze groups)
IUC Orbifold Geo Schönflies Coxeter
p1 ∞∞ p1 C [∞]+
p1m1 *∞∞ p1 C∞v [∞]
p11g ∞× p.g1 S2∞ [∞+,2+]
p11m ∞* p. 1 C∞h [∞+,2]
p2 22∞ p2 D [∞,2]+
p2mg 2*∞ p2g D∞d [∞,2+]
p2mm *22∞ p2 D∞h [∞,2]
Affine (Wallpaper groups)
IUC Orbifold Geometric Coxeter
p2 2222 p2 [4,1+,4]+
p2gg 22× pg2g [4+,4+]
p2mm *2222 p2 [4,1+,4]
c2mm 2*22 c2
p4 442 p4 [4,4]+
p4gm 4*2 pg4 [4+,4]
p4mm *442 p4 [4,4]
p3 333 p3 [1+,6,3+] = [3[3]]+ =
p3m1 *333 p3 [1+,6,3] = [3[3]] =
p31m 3*3 h3 [6,3+] = [3[3[3]]+]
p6 632 p6 [6,3]+ = [3[3[3]]]+
p6mm *632 p6 [6,3] = [3[3[3]]]

Subgroups

Given in Schönflies notation and Coxeter notation (orbifold notation), some low index point subgroups are:
Reflection Reflection
subgroups
Rotation subgroup Mixed Improper rotation Commutator
subgroup
C1v, [ ], (*) C1, [ ]+, (11) S2, [2+,2+], (×) [ ]+
C2v, [2], (*22) [1+,2]=[ ] (*) C2, [2]+, (22) C2h, [2+,2], (2*) S4, [4+,2+], (2×)
Cnv, [n], (*nn) [1+,2n]=[n] (*nn) Cn, [n]+, (nn) Cnh, [n+,2], (n*) S2n, [2n+,2+], (n×) [n]+, n odd
[n/2]+, n even
Dnh, [2,n], (*22n) [1+,2,n]=[n] (*nn) Dn, [2,n]+, (22n) Dnd, [2+,2n], (2*n)
Td, [3,3], (*332) T, [3,3]+, (332) [3,3]+, (332)
Oh, [4,3], (*432) [1+,4,3]=[3,3] (*332) O, [4,3]+, (432) Th, [3+,4], (3*2)
Ih, [5,3], (*532) I, [5,3]+, (532) [5,3]+, (532)
Given in Coxeter notation (orbifold notation), some low index affine subgroups are:
Reflective
group
Reflective
subgroup
Mixed
subgroup
Rotation
subgroup
Improper rotation/
translation
Commutator
subgroup
[4,4], (*442) [1+,4,4], (*442)
[4,1+,4], (*2222)
[1+,4,4,1+], (*2222)
[4+,4], (4*2)
[(4,4,2+)], (2*22)
[1+,4,1+,4], (2*22)
[4,4]+, (442)
[1+,4,4+], (442)
[1+,4,1+4,1+], (2222)
[4+,4+], (22×) [4+,4+]+, (2222)
[6,3], (*632) [1+,6,3] = [3[3]], (*333) [3+,6], (3*3) [6,3]+, (632)
[1+,6,3+], (333)
[1+,6,3+], (333)

Rank four groups


Subgroup relations

Point groups

Rank four groups defined the 4-dimensional point groups:
Finite groups
[ ]:
Symbol Order
[1]+ 1.1
[1] = [ ] 2.1
[2]:
Symbol Order
[1+,2]+ 1.1
[2]+ 2.1
[2] 4.1
[2,2]:
Symbol Order
[2+,2+]+
= [(2+,2+,2+)]
1.1
[2+,2+] 2.1
[2,2]+ 4.1
[2+,2] 4.1
[2,2] 8.1
[2,2,2]:
Symbol Order
[(2+,2+,2+,2+)]
= [2+,2+,2+]+
1.1
[2+,2+,2+] 2.1
[2+,2,2+] 4.1
[(2,2)+,2+] 4
4
[2,2,2]+ 8
[2+,2,2] 8.1
[(2,2)+,2] 8
8.1
[2,2,2] 16.1
+ 16
16
32
[p]:
Symbol Order
[p]+ p
[p] 2p
[p,2]:
Symbol Order
[p,2]+ 2p
[p,2] 4p
[2p,2+]:
Symbol Order
[2p,2+] 4p
[2p+,2+] 2p
[p,2,2]:
Symbol Order
[p+,2,2+] 2p
[(p,2)+,2+] 2p
[p,2,2]+ 4p
[p,2,2+] 4p
[p+,2,2] 4p
[(p,2)+,2] 4p
[p,2,2] 8p
[2p,2+,2]:
Symbol Order
[2p+,2+,2+] 2p
[2p+,2+,2] 4p
[2p+,(2,2)+] 4p
[2p,(2,2)+] 8p
[2p,2+,2] 8p
[p,2,q]:
Symbol Order
[p+,2,q+] pq
[p,2,q]+ 2pq
[p+,2,q] 2pq
[p,2,q] 4pq
[(p,2)+,2q]:
Symbol Order
[(p,2)+,2q+] 2pq
[(p,2)+,2q] 4pq
[2p,2+,2q]:
Symbol Order
[2p+,2+,2q+] 2pq
[((2p,2)+,(2q,2)+)] 4pq
[2p,2+,2q+] 4pq
[2p,2+,2q] 8pq
[2p,2,2q] 16pq
:
Symbol Order
2p2
+ 4p2
8p2
:
Symbol Order
4p2
8p2
16p2
32p2
[3,3,2]:
Symbol Order
[(3,3)Δ,2,1+]
≅ [2,2]+
4
[(3,3)Δ,2]
≅ [2,(2,2)+]
8
[(3,3),2,1+]
≅ [4,2+]
8
[(3,3)+,2,1+]
= [3,3]+
12.5
[(3,3),2]
≅ [2,4,2+]
16
[3,3,2,1+]
= [3,3]
24
[(3,3)+,2] 24.10
[3,3,2]+ 24.10
[3,3,2] 48.36
[4,3,2]:
Symbol Order
[1+,4,3+,2,1+]
= [3,3]+
12
[3+,4,2+] 24
[(3,4)+,2+] 24
[1+,4,3+,2]
= [(3,3)+,2]
24.10
[3+,4,2,1+]
= [3+,4]
24.10
[(4,3)+,2,1+]
= [4,3]+
24.15
[1+,4,3,2,1+]
= [3,3]
24
[1+,4,(3,2)+]
= [3,3,2]+
24
[3,4,2+] 48
[4,3+,2] 48.22
[4,(3,2)+] 48
[(4,3)+,2] 48.36
[1+,4,3,2]
= [3,3,2]
48.36
[4,3,2,1+]
= [4,3]
48.36
[4,3,2]+ 48.36
[4,3,2] 96.5
[5,3,2]:
Symbol Order
[(5,3)+,2,1+]
= [5,3]+
60.13
[5,3,2,1+]
= [5,3]
120.2
[(5,3)+,2] 120.2
[5,3,2]+ 120.2
[5,3,2] 240 (nc)
[31,1,1]:
Symbol Order
[31,1,1]Δ
+
32
[31,1,1] 64
[31,1,1]+ 96.1
[31,1,1] 192.2
<[3,31,1]>
= [4,3,3]
384.1
[3[31,1,1]]
= [3,4,3]
1152.1
[3,3,3]:
Symbol Order
[3,3,3]+ 60.13
[3,3,3] 120.1
+ 120.2
240.1
[4,3,3]:
Symbol Order
[1+,4,(3,3)Δ]
= [31,1,1]Δ
+
32
[4,(3,3)Δ]
= [2+,4[2,2,2]+]
64
[1+,4,(3,3)]
= [31,1,1]
64
[1+,4,(3,3)+]
= [31,1,1]+
96.1
[4,(3,3)]
128
[1+,4,3,3]
= [31,1,1]
192.2
[4,(3,3)+] 192.1
[4,3,3]+ 192.3
[4,3,3] 384.1
[3,4,3]:
Symbol Order
[3+,4,3+] 288.1
[3,4,3]+ 576.2
[3+,4,3] 576.1
576 (nc)
[3,4,3] 1152.1
+ 1152 (nc)
2304 (nc)
[5,3,3]:
Symbol Order
[5,3,3]+ 7200 (nc)
[5,3,3] 14400 (nc)

Subgroups

1D-4D reflective point groups and subgroups
Order Reflection Mixed
subgroups
Improper rotation
subgroups
Rotation
subgroups
Commutator
subgroup
2 [ ] [ ]+ [ ]+1 [ ]+
4 [2] [2]+ [2]+2
8 [2,2] [2+,2] [2+,2+] [2,2]+ [2,2]+3
16 [2,2,2] [2+,2,2]
[(2,2)+,2]
[2+,2+,2]
[(2,2)+,2+]
[2+,2+,2+]
[2,2,2]+
[2+,2,2+]
[2,2,2]+4
[21,1,1] [(2+)1,1,1]
2n [n] [n]+ [n]+1 [n]+
4n [2n] [2n]+ [2n]+2
4n [2,n] [2,n+] [2,n]+ [2,n]+2
8n [2,2n] [2+,2n] [2+,2n+] [2,2n]+ [2,2n]+3
8n [2,2,n] [2+,2,n]
[2,2,n+]
[2+,(2,n)+] [2,2,n]+
[2+,2,n+]
[2,2,n]+3
16n [2,2,2n] [2,2+,2n] [2+,2+,2n]
[2,2+,2n+]
[(2,2)+,2n+]
[2+,2+,2n+]
[2,2,2n]+
[2+,2n,2+]
[2,2,2n]+4
[2,2n,2] [2+,2n+,2+]
[2n,21,1] [2n+,(2+)1,1]
24 [3,3] [3,3]+ [3,3]+1 [3,3]+
48 [3,3,2] [(3,3)+,2] [3,3,2]+ [3,3,2]+2
48 [4,3] [4,3+] [4,3]+ [4,3]+2
96 [4,3,2] [(4,3)+,2]
[4,(3,2)+]
[4,3,2]+ [4,3,2]+3
[3,4,2] [3,4,2+]
[3+,4,2]
[(3,4)+,2+] [3+,4,2+]
120 [5,3] [5,3]+ [5,3]+1 [5,3]+
240 [5,3,2] [(5,3)+,2] [5,3,2]+ [5,3,2]+2
4pq [p,2,q] [p+,2,q] [p,2,q]+
[p+,2,q+]
[p,2,q]+2 [p+,2,q+]
8pq [2p,2,q] [2p,(2,q)+] [2p+,(2,q)+] [2p,2,q]+ [2p,2,q]+3
16pq [2p,2,2q] [2p,2+,2q] [2p+,2+,2q]
[2p+,2+,2q+]
[(2p,(2,2q)+,2+)]
[2p,2,2q]+ [2p,2,2q]+4
120 [3,3,3] [3,3,3]+ [3,3,3]+1 [3,3,3]+
192 [31,1,1] [31,1,1]+ [31,1,1]+1 [31,1,1]+
384 [4,3,3] [4,(3,3)+] [4,3,3]+ [4,3,3]+2
1152 [3,4,3] [3+,4,3] [3,4,3]+
[3+,4,3+]
[3,4,3]+2 [3+,4,3+]
14400 [5,3,3] [5,3,3]+ [5,3,3]+1 [5,3,3]+

Space groups


Affine isomorphism and correspondences

8 cubic space groups as extended symmetry from [3[4]], with square Coxeter diagrams and reflective fundamental domains

35 cubic space groups in International, Fibrifold notation, and Coxeter notation
Rank four groups defined the 3-dimensional space groups include:
Triclinic (1-2)
Coxeter Space group
[∞+,2,∞+,2,∞+] (1) P1
Monoclinic (3-15)
Coxeter Space group
[(∞,2,∞)+,2,∞+] (3) P2
[∞+,2,∞+,2,∞] (6) Pm
[(∞,2,∞)+,2,∞] (10) P2/m
Orthorhombic (16-74)
Coxeter Space group
[∞,2,∞,2,∞]+ (16) P222
+ (23) I222
[∞+,2,∞,2,∞] (25) Pmm2
[∞,2,∞,2,∞] (47) Pmmm
(71) Immm
[∞+,2,∞+,2,∞+]
[∞,2,∞,2+,∞]
[∞,2+,∞,2+,∞]
Tetragonal (75-142)
Coxeter Space group
[(4,4)+,2,∞+] (75) P4
[2+[(4,4)+,2,∞+]] (79) I4
[(4,4)+,2,∞] (83) P4/m
[2+[(4,4)+,2,∞]] (87) I4/m
[4,4,2,∞]+ (89) P422
[2+[4,4,2,∞]]+ (97) I422
[4,4,2,∞+] (99) P4mm
[4,4,2,∞] (123) P4/mmm
[2+[4,4,2,∞]] (139) I4/mmm
[4,(4,2)+,∞] (140) I4/mcm
[4,4,2+,∞]
[(4,4)+,2+,∞]
[4,4,2+,∞+]
[(4,4)+,2+,∞+]
[4+,4+,2+,∞]
[4,4+,2,∞]
[4,4+,2+,∞]
[((4,2+,4)),2,∞]
[4,4+,2,∞+]
[4,4+,2+,∞+]
[((4,2+,4)),2,∞+]
Trigonal (143-167), rhombohedral
Coxeter Space group
Hexagonal (168-194)
[(6,3)+,2,∞+] (168) P6
[(6,3)+,2,∞] (175) P6/m
[6,3,2,∞]+ (177) P622
[6,3,2,∞+] (183) P6mm
[6,3,2,∞] (191) P6/mmm
[(3[3])+,2,∞+]
[3[3],2,∞]
[6,3+,2,∞]
[6,3+,2,∞+]
[3[3],2,∞]+
[3[3],2,∞+]
[(3[3])+,2,∞]
Cubic (195-230)
Group Coxeter Space group Index
(229) Im3m 1
+ (211) I432 2
(204) I3 2
(217) I43m 2
+ (197) I23 4
(228) Fd3c 4
[4,3+,4]+ (195) P23 8

[(4+,2+)[3[4]]] (222) Pn3n 2
(227) Fd3m 4
+ (203) Fd3 8

Wallpaper
IUC Orbifold Diagram IUC Orbifold Diagram
p1 o [p+,2,q+] p1 o
pg ×× [(p,2)+,2q+] -
pm ** [p+,2,q] -
cm [2p+,2+,2q] -
p2 2222 [p,2,q]+ + p4 442
pmg 22* [(p,2)+,2q] -
pgg 22× [+(2p,(2),2q)+] cmm 2*22
pmm *2222 [p,2,q] p4m *442
cmm 2*22 [2p,2+,2q] p4g 4*2

Wallpaper groups

Rank four groups also defined some of the 2-dimensional wallpaper groups, as limiting cases of the four-dimensional duoprism groups:
Affine (2D plane)
IUC Orb. Geo Coxeter Diagram
p1 o p1 [∞+,2,∞+]
[∞+,2+,∞+]
[(∞+,2+,∞+,2+)]
p2 2222 p2 [∞,2,∞]+
[(∞,2+,∞,2+)]
p11g ×× pg1 h: [∞+,(2,∞)+]
p1g1 v: [(∞,2)+,∞+]
p2gm 22* pg2 h: [(∞,2)+,∞]
p2mg v: [∞,(2,∞)+]
IUC Orb. Geo Coxeter Diagram
p11m ** p1 h: [∞+,2,∞]
p1m1 v: [∞,2,∞+]
p2mm *2222 p2 [∞,2,∞]
c11m c1 h: [∞+,2+,∞]
c1m1 v: [∞,2+,∞+]
p2gg 22× pg2g [+(∞,(2),∞)+]
[((∞,2)+)[2]]
c2mm 2*22 c2 [∞,2+,∞]
Subgroups of [∞,2,∞], (*2222) can be expressed down to its index 16 commutator subgroup:
Reflective
group
Reflective
subgroup
Mixed
subgroup
Rotation
subgroup
Improper rotation/
translation
Commutator
subgroup
[∞,2,∞], (*2222) [1+,∞,2,∞], (*2222) [∞+,2,∞], (**) [∞,2,∞]+, (2222) [∞,2+,∞]+, (°)
[∞+,2+,∞+], (°)
[∞+,2,∞+], (°)
[∞+,2+,∞], (*×)
[(∞,2)+,∞+], (××)
[+(∞,(2),∞)+], (22×)
[(∞+,2+,∞+,2+)], (°)
[∞,2+,∞], (2*22)
[(∞,2)+,∞], (22*)

Notes

  1. ^ Conway, 2003, p.46, Table 4.2 Chiral groups II
  2. ^ Coxeter and Moser, 1980, Sec 9.5 Commutator subgroup, p. 124–126
  3. ^ Norman W. Johnson, Asia Ivić Weiss, Quaternionic modular groups, Linear Algebra and its Applications, Volume 295, Issues 1–3, 1 July 1999, Pages 159–189 [1]
  4. ^ The Crystallographic Space groups in Geometric algebra, D. Hestenes and J. Holt, Journal of Mathematical Physics. 48, 023514 (2007) (22 pages) PDF [2]

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