Affine sphere

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A surface the affine normals (cf. Affine normal) of which intersect at one point. An affine sphere is said to be improper if this point is infinitely distant (or improper (ideal)); otherwise it is proper. In particular, any surface of the second order is an affine sphere. An improper convex affine sphere is an elliptic paraboloid.

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Affine sphere. E.V. Shikin (originator), Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL:
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