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Upper bounds for packings of spheres of several radii

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 September 2014

Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics, Delft University of Technology, P.O. Box 5031, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands;
Instituto de Matemática e Estatística, Universidade de São Paulo, Rua do Matão, 1010, 05508-090 São Paulo, Brazil;
Mathematisches Institut, Universität zu Köln, Weyertal 86-90, 50931 Köln, Germany;


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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 the bounds for the classical problem of packing identical spheres.

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