PLÜCKER QUARTIC, AMPERSAND CURVE Curve studied by Plücker in 1839. Julius Plücker (1801-1868): German mathematician and physicist. The name "ampersand curve" was given by [Cundy and Rolett]. Websites: perso.univ-rennes1.fr/christophe.ritzenthaler/cours/elliptic-curve-course.pdf (p. 43) library.msri.org/books/Book35/files/gray.pdf (p 122)

 In 1839, J. Plücker constructed a quartic for which the 28 bitangents are real and distinct. Equation: . The figure on the right shows the 4 lines , and the circle that were used to determine this curve, as well as the curve in the case where the constant is zero (rational quartic with 3 double points). It is this curve that Cundy and Rolett call "ampersand curve". For cte >0 small enough, the quartic has four components, each having a concave part, called "meniscus", each having a bitangent; added to the 6 times 4 = 24 bitangents linking two components, this indeed makes 28 bitangents in total. See the Salmon quartic for a simpler curve with 28 bitangents.

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