Construction of spherical cubature formulas using lattices

Research paper by Pierre De La Harpe, Claude Pache, Boris B. Venkov

Indexed on: 02 Dec '05Published on: 02 Dec '05Published in: Mathematics - Combinatorics


We construct cubature formulas on spheres supported by homothetic images of shells in some Euclidian lattices. Our analysis of these cubature formulas uses results from the theory of modular forms. Examples are worked out on the sphere of dimension n-1 for n=4, 8, 12, 14, 16, 20, 23, and 24, and the sizes of the cubature formulas we obtain are compared with the lower bounds given by Linear Programming.