Dupin's Indicatrix of a Torus

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This Demonstration shows how Dupin's indicatrix changes at a variable point on a torus.

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In the tangent plane at a point of a surface , Dupin's indicatrix is given by the equation

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where the , axes coincide with the principal directions at and , are the principal curvatures of at .

• If is an elliptical point, the indicatrix consists of two ellipses (one real and one imaginary).

• If is a hyperbolic point, the indicatrix consists of two conjugate hyperbolas with asymptotes through the asymptotic directions at .

• If is a parabolic point, the indicatrix degenerates into a pair of parallel lines.

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Contributed by: Sonja Gorjanc and Desana Štambuk (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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