Hessian polyhedron code[1,2] 


Also known as the Schlafli configuration. Spherical \((6,27,3/2)\) code whose codewords are the vertices of the Hessian complex polyhedron and the \(2_{21}\) real polytope. Two copies of the code yield the \((6,54,1)\) double Hessian polyhedron code.

The code can be obtained from the Schlafli graph [3; Ch. 9]. The points correspond to the 27 lines on a smooth cubic surface in the complex projective plane [4]. See [3; Exam. 1.2.5] ([5; pg. 119]) for a real (complex) realization of the 27 codewords.

Figure I: Projection of the coordinates of the Hessian polytope.


The Hessian polytope code has degree \(d=2\) and saturates the absolute bound [3].


Quantum mechanical SIC-POVMs [6].



  • \(E_6\) root lattice code — The 27 Hessian polyhedron codewords are intimately related to the \(E_6\) Lie group [8].
  • Lattice-shell code — Double Hessian polyhedron codewords form the minimal lattice-shell code of the \(E_6^{\perp}\) lattice.
  • Rectified Hessian polyhedron code — The (rectified) Hessian polyhedron is an analogue of a (octahedron) tetrahedron in 3D complex space, while the double Hessian polyhedron is the analogue of a cube [5; pg. 127]. The rectified and double Hessian polyhedra are dual to each other, just like the octahedron and cube. Moreover, the double Hessian consists of two Hessians, just like the cube can be constructed with two tetrahedra.
  • Hessian QSC — The Hessian QSC is the quantum generalization of the classical Hessian polyhedron code.


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