Gallery of animated algebraic surfaces
Warning. This gallery is the very
beginning of a project, with only a small fraction of what is planned. The
moving pictures are animated gif files, with around 200K bytes each. The
quality is not very high (20 pictures of 200x200 pixels for each sequence),
in a compromise to keep them within reasonable file sizes.
Comments and suggestions are welcome. The development of this gallery is
- Rotating paraboloid, like a traditional radar
antenna. Equation: x^2+z^2=y
- Rotating cone. Equation: x^2-y^2=z^2
- Hyperboloid of one sheet. Equation:
- Hyperboloid of two sheets. Equation:
- Deformation of hyperboloid, which deforms from
one sheet into two sheets, with a cone at the middle of the deformation
(when the two sheets touch each other). This
illustrates a general phenomenon for the deformation of the simplest surface
singularities: rational double point of type A1. Equation:
x^2+y^2-z^2=s, for s going from -1 to 1.
- A deformation of quartics. We arrive at singular
surfaces at an intermediate stage as well as at the end. Equation:
(x^2-1)^2+(y^2-1)^2+(z^2-1)^2=s, for s going from 0.5 to 2.
- Riemann surface in 2-1 cover over the plane,
with two ramification points. Vertically placed, under rotation.
- A Kummer surface with 16 singular points. It is
known that a quartic surface can contain at most 16 isolated singular
Surfaces of higher degrees
- Bath's sextic with 65 singular points. We
can see 50 of them on the picture. Equation:
- Klein's bottle with only one side, a realisation
according to Ian Stewart. Equation:
- If you still find it hard to imaging what happens inside this strange
bottle for the above surface, here is it again,
but with two caps cut off. So that you can see what happens inside.
Same equation as above.
These animated sequences are produced by
WIMS, in an application which
uses Povray as background engine.
© 1998, by XIAO, Gang.
Commercial exploitation of the pictures is prohibited without explicit
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