## Experimental Mathematics

### High-Accuracy Semidefinite Programming Bounds for Kissing Numbers

#### Abstract

The kissing number in $n$-dimensional Euclidean space is the maximal number of nonoverlapping unit spheres that simultaneously can touch a central unit sphere. Bachoc and Vallentin developed a method to find upper bounds for the kissing number based on semidefinite programming. This paper is a report on high-accuracy calculations of these upper bounds for $n \leq 24$. The bound for $n = 16$ implies a conjecture of Conway and Sloane: there is no $16$-dimensional periodic sphere packing with average theta series $1 + 7680q^3 + 4320q^4 + 276480q^5 + 61440q^6 + \cdots.$

#### Article information

Source
Experiment. Math., Volume 19, Issue 2 (2010), 174-178.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 17 June 2010