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Today's date is Monday, September 25, 2017
Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation
 September 2017
Friday 15
16:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar, Hendrik Van Maldeghem (Ghent Univ.) 16:00 Friday 15/09/2017 in Weatherburn LT More Information
Speaker: Hendrik Van Maldeghem (Universiteit Gent/Ghent University) Title: Pappian unitals in Pappian projective planes Time and place: 16:00 Friday 15/09/2017 in Weatherburn LT

Abstract: We define a class of objects in pappian projective planes by a simple algebraic formula and parametrized by quadratic field extensions. These objects turn out to be ordinary hermitian curves if the extension is separable, and projections of certain quadrics otherwise. Endowed with the secant lines, we call the resulting point-block incidence structures "Pappian unitals". These have some remarkable properties such as the lack of O'Nan configurations, the admittance of translations and a nontrivial group of projectivities, and a characterization via a geometric construction using the André representation of the projective plane relative to the quadratic extension. We classify the embeddings of all Pappian unitals in arbitrary pappian projective planes, recovering and extending a recent result by Korchmáros, Cossidente and Szönyi for finite hermitian unitals.
Friday 22
16:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar 16:00 Fri 22/9/2017 Engineering LT2 G04: Jeroen Schillewaert More Information
Speaker: Jeroen Schillewaert (University of Auckland) Title: Small maximal independent sets Time and place: 16:00 Friday 22/09/2017 in Engineering LT2 G04 (NOTE unusual location)

Abstract: We study random constructions in incidence structures using a general theorem on set systems. Our main result applies to a wide variety of well-studied problems in finite geometry to give almost tight bounds on the sizes of various substructures. This is joint work with Jacques Verstraete (UCSD).

Past and future seminars may be found at http://www.maths.uwa.edu.au/~glasby/S17.html

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