Set of regular n-gonal dihedra | |
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Example hexagonal dihedron on a sphere | |

Type | Regular polyhedron or spherical tiling |

Faces | 2 n-gons |

Edges | n |

Vertices | n |

Vertex configuration | n.n |

Wythoff symbol | 2 | n 2 |

Schläfli symbol | {n,2} |

Coxeter diagram | |

Symmetry group | D_{nh}, [2,n], (*22n), order 4n |

Rotation group | D_{n}, [2,n]^{+}, (22n), order 2n |

Dual polyhedron | hosohedron |

A **dihedron** is a type of polyhedron, made of two polygon faces which share the same set of edges. In three-dimensional Euclidean space, it is degenerate if its faces are flat, while in three-dimensional spherical space, a dihedron with flat faces can be thought of as a lens, an example of which is the fundamental domain of a lens space L(*p*,*q*).^{[1]} Dihedra have also been called **bihedra**,^{[2]} **flat polyhedra**,^{[3]} or **doubly covered polygons**.^{[3]}

A *regular dihedron* is the dihedron formed by two regular polygons, which may be described by the Schläfli symbol {*n*,2}.^{[4]} As a spherical polyhedron, each polygon of such a dihedron fills a hemisphere, with a regular *n*-gon on a great circle equator between them.

The dual of a *n*-gonal dihedron is the *n*-gonal hosohedron, where *n* digon faces share two vertices.

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## As a polyhedron

A *dihedron* can be considered a degenerate prism consisting of two (planar) *n*-sided polygons connected "back-to-back", so that the resulting object has no depth. The polygons must be congruent, but glued in such a way that one is the mirror image of the other.

Dihedra can arise from Alexandrov's uniqueness theorem, which characterizes the distances on the surface of any convex polyhedron as being locally Euclidean except at a finite number of points with positive angular defect summing to 4π. This characterization holds also for the distances on the surface of a dihedron, so the statement of Alexandrov's theorem requires that dihedra be considered to be convex polyhedra.^{[5]}

## As a tiling on a sphere

As a spherical tiling, a *dihedron* can exist as nondegenerate form, with two *n*-sided faces covering the sphere, each face being a hemisphere, and vertices around a great circle. (It is *regular* if the vertices are equally spaced.)

The regular polyhedron {2,2} is self-dual, and is both a hosohedron and a dihedron.

Image | |||||

Schläfli | {2,2} | {3,2} | {4,2} | {5,2} | {6,2}... |
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Coxeter | |||||

Faces | 2 {2} | 2 {3} | 2 {4} | 2 {5} | 2 {6} |

Edges and vertices |
2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |

## Apeirogonal dihedron

In the limit the dihedron becomes an apeirogonal dihedron as a 2-dimensional tessellation:

## Ditopes

A regular *ditope* is an *n*-dimensional analogue of a dihedron, with Schläfli symbol {*p*,...*q*,*r*,2}. It has two facets, {*p*,...*q*,*r*}, which share all ridges, {*p*,...*q*} in common.^{[6]}

## See also

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