In geometry, the square antiprism is the second in an infinite set of antiprisms formed by an even-numbered sequence of triangle sides closed by two polygon caps. It is also known as an anticube.[1]

If all its faces are regular, it is a semiregular polyhedron.

When eight points are distributed on the surface of a sphere with the aim of maximising the distance between them in some sense, then the resulting shape corresponds to a square anti-prism rather than a cube. Different examples include maximising the distance to the nearest point, or using electrons to maximise the sum of all reciprocals of squares of distances.

See also


  1. Holleman-Wiberg. Inorganic Chemistry, Academic Press, Italy, p. 299. ISBN 0-12-352651-5.

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