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Aug
08

Clifford Torus

The Hopf map is a special transformation invented by Heinz Hopf that maps to each point on the ordinary 3D sphere from a unique circle of points on the 4D sphere. Taken together, these circles form a fiber bundle called a Hopf Fibration. If you apply a 4D to 3D stereographic projection to the Hopf Fibration, you get a beautiful 3D torus called a Clifford Torus composed of interlinked Villarceau circles.

By applying 4D rotations to the Hopf Fibration, you can transform the Clifford Torus into a Dupin cyclide or you can turn it inside-out.

Click here to download some POV-Ray code. The right picture shows a complex cubic polynomial.

Here is some Mathematica code:
(* runtime: 7 seconds *)
HopfInverse[theta_, phi_, psi_] := {Cos[phi/2] Cos[psi], Cos[phi/2]Sin[psi], Cos[theta + psi]Sin[phi/2], Sin[theta + psi]Sin[phi/2]};
Ryw[theta_] := {{1, 0, 0, 0}, {0, Cos[theta], 0, Sin[theta]}, {0, 0, 1, 0}, {0, -Sin[theta], 0, Cos[theta]}};
StereographicProjection[{x_, y_, z_, w_}] := {x, y, z}/(1 - w);
Table[Show[Graphics3D[Table[{Hue[(4 phi/Pi - 1)/3], Table[Line[Table[StereographicProjection[Ryw[alpha].HopfInverse[theta, phi, psi]], {psi, 0.0, 2Pi, Pi/18}]], {theta, 0.0, 2 Pi,Pi/9}]}, {phi, Pi/4, 3Pi/4, Pi/4}], PlotRange -> 3{{-1, 1}, {-1, 1}, {-1, 1}}]], {alpha, 0, Pi, Pi/18}];

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1 Response to “Clifford Torus”


  1. April 6, 2009 at 4:08 am

    I have a professor that studies fibrations. I was wondering how does one make animations using the pov files you release in particular the hopffibration.pov


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