A hemisystem of a nonclassical generalised quadrangle

John Bamberg, F De Clerck, N Durante

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    The concept of a hemisystem of a generalised quadrangle has its roots in the work of B. Segre, and this term is used here to denote a set of points H such that every line l meets H in half of the points of l. If one takes the point-line geometry on the points of the hemisystem, then one obtains a partial quadrangle and hence a strongly regular point graph. The only previously known hemisystems of generalised quadrangles of order (q, q (2)) were those of the elliptic quadric Q(-)(5, q) , q odd. We show in this paper that there exists a hemisystem of the Fisher-Thas-Walker-Kantor generalised quadrangle of order (5, 5(2)), which leads to a new partial quadrangle. Moreover, we can construct from our hemisystem the 3 . A (7)-hemisystem of Q-(5, 5), first constructed by Cossidente and Penttila.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)157–165
    JournalDesigns Codes and Cryptography
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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