Upper bounds for packings of spheres of several radii

Research paper by David de Laat, Fernando Mario de Oliveira Filho, Frank Vallentin

Indexed on: 12 Jun '12Published on: 12 Jun '12Published in: Mathematics - Metric Geometry


We give theorems that can be used to upper bound the densities of packings of different spherical caps in the unit sphere and of translates of different convex bodies in Euclidean space. These theorems extend the linear programming bounds for packings of spherical caps and of convex bodies through the use of semidefinite programming. We perform explicit computations, obtaining new bounds for packings of spherical caps of two different sizes and for binary sphere packings. We also slightly improve bounds for the classical problem of packing identical spheres.