Research Article

Convex bodies which tile space by translation

P. McMullena1

a1 University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.


It is shown that a convex body K tiles Ed by translation if, and only if, K is a centrally symmetric d-polytope with centrally symmetric facets, such that every belt of K (consisting of those of its facets which contain a translate of a given (d – 2)-face) has four or six facets. One consequence of the proof of this result is that, if K tiles Ed by translation, then K admits a face-to-face, and hence a lattice tiling.

(Received February 29 1980)