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Double rotations in 4-space

  1. Jul 9, 2010 #1
    I was wondering if anybody could help me understand the "double rotations" in 4-space. These are evidently rotations that fix only a single point--the center of rotation--and that take place in two hyperplanes simultaneously and independently.

    Beyond that, I have an even more specific question. Suppose R1, R2, ..., Rn, where n is even, are reflections of 4-space in hyperplanes *through the origin*. Under what conditions is the product a "double rotation"? It's clear the result is a rotation of some kind: first, the products R1 * R2, R3 * R4, ... are each individually rotations; second, the product of two rotations fixing the origin will be another rotation fixing the origin (I don't think this is obvious since in 4-space the product of two rotations is not necessarily a rotation, but I've worked out a simple proof using quaternions).
     
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