# Triply periodic surfaces

1. Feb 7, 2014

### Demon117

So I understand that a surface is triply periodic when the surface is invariant under three tanslations in $R^{3}$. When looking at the primitive for example, how is that translation defined? Say that the primitive is a set defined by the equation

$cos(x)+cos(y)+cos(z)=0$

My guess is that the translation would take $(x,y,z)\rightarrow(x+\Delta x, y+\Delta y, z +\Delta z)$. Is that incorrect thinking?

2. Feb 11, 2014

### Demon117

$\nabla(cos(x)+cos(y)+cos(z)) \ne 0 \rightarrow (-sin(x),-sin(y),-sin(z)) \ne 0 \rightarrow x,y,z \ne 0$
I don't see how this guarantees the surface is invariant under three translations in $R^{3}$. Any suggestions?