Steiner Surface

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Steiner Surface

The Steiner surface is an image of the projective plane. It is given as a quadratic map from the sphere, mapping antipodal points to the same point in R^3.

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The animation starts from a polar cap and shows larger and larger pieces of the surface.
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The Steiner surface is covered by a family of ellipses. The ellipses are images of the meridians of the domain sphere. The band between neigboring ellipses is a moebius strip. The animation moves these Moebius strips over the surface.
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This animation shows latitude bands on the surface, starting from a polar disk and ending at the equatorial Moebius strip. The equator Moebius strip has self intersections and therefore does not look like usual Moebius strips.
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Steiner surface (anaglyph). Initial parts of the coordinate axes lie on the surface. These segments end in 6 pinch point singularities.
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Steiner surface (anaglyph wireframe)
      Steiner Surface  Parametric Equations

  x = (aa * aa / 2) * (sin(2 * u) * cos(v) * cos(v))
  y = (aa * aa / 2) * (sin(u) * sin(2 * v))
  z = (aa * aa / 2) * (cos(u) * sin(2 * v))

Related Surface

  1. Cross-Cap Surface
  2. Boy's Surface
  3. Boy's Surface (Bryant-Kusner)
  4. Steiner Surface