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## Identifying lattices

I wrote a program that numerically searches for lattices in $\mathbb{R}^d$ with high sphere packing densities. As I have been running the program, it has been able to find, in addition to well-known lattices such as the laminated lattice $\Lambda_d$ and the Coxeter Todd-related lattices $K_d$, a few interesting looking lattices, which I have been unable to identify. The lattices I have found so far are not as dense as $\Lambda_d$ or $K_d$, but are reasonably dense, and are nice integral lattices. Since I found them through a sort of a local optimization, I suppose they are probably perfect. I looked through the lattices listed on the Sloane-Nebe Catalog of Lattices and did not find any matches, but there do not seem to be many lattices listed there.

Here is an example of one of the lattices I find in $\mathbb{R}^{11}$. The Gram matrix is given by

$$G = \left(\begin{array}{ccccccccccc} 8&3&3&2&3&4&4&4&4&4&4\\ 3&8&4&4&4&-1&4&-1&4&4&4\\ 3&4&8&0&0&-1&0&-1&0&4&4\\ 2&4&0&8&2&2&2&1&2&4&0\\ 3&4&0&2&8&3&4&-1&4&1&1\\ 4&-1&-1&2&3&8&0&4&0&0&0\\ 4&4&0&2&4&0&8&0&4&2&2\\ 4&-1&-1&1&-1&4&0&8&0&0&0\\ 4&4&0&2&4&0&4&0&8&2&2\\ 4&4&4&4&1&0&2&0&2&8&4\\ 4&4&4&0&1&0&2&0&2&4&8 \end{array}\right)\text.$$

The number of spheres in successive shells (equiv. theta function) are: norm 8, 308; norm 10, 320; norm 12, 680; norm 14, 1472. The packing density is $1/14\sqrt{7}=0.02699\ldots$ (number density for non-overlapping spheres of radius 1, compare to $0.03208\ldots$ for $K_{11}$ and $0.03125$ for $\Lambda_{11}$).

Does anybody know where I might be able to find if these lattices have been studied before?

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 You might write Sloane and/or Nebe. Meanwhile Magma says that this lattice has $1536 = 2^9 3$ automorphisms. – Noam D. Elkies May 14 2012 at 1:27 @Noam: Thanks, I will try that. – Yoav Kallus May 14 2012 at 15:20