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Domesticity in generalized quadrangles

Beukje Temmermans (UGent) , Joseph Thas (UGent) and Hendrik Van Maldeghem (UGent)
(2012) ANNALS OF COMBINATORICS. 16(4). p.905-916
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An automorphism of a generalized quadrangle is called domestic if it maps no chamber, which is here an incident point-line pair, to an opposite chamber. We call it point-domestic if it maps no point to an opposite one and line-domestic if it maps no line to an opposite one. It is clear that a duality in a generalized quadrangle is always point-domestic and linedomestic. In this paper, we classify all domestic automorphisms of generalized quadrangles. Besides three exceptional cases occurring in the small quadrangles with orders (2, 2), (2, 4), and (3, 5), all domestic collineations are either point-domestic or line-domestic. Up to duality, they fall into one of three classes: Either they are central collineations, or they fix an ovoid, or they fix a large full subquadrangle. Remarkably, the three exceptional domestic collineatons in the small quadrangles mentioned above all have order 4.
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generalized polygons, collineations, opposition

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Temmermans, Beukje, Joseph Thas, and Hendrik Van Maldeghem. 2012. “Domesticity in Generalized Quadrangles.” Annals of Combinatorics 16 (4): 905–916.
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Temmermans, B., Thas, J., & Van Maldeghem, H. (2012). Domesticity in generalized quadrangles. ANNALS OF COMBINATORICS, 16(4), 905–916.
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Temmermans B, Thas J, Van Maldeghem H. Domesticity in generalized quadrangles. ANNALS OF COMBINATORICS. 2012;16(4):905–16.
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Temmermans, Beukje, Joseph Thas, and Hendrik Van Maldeghem. “Domesticity in Generalized Quadrangles.” ANNALS OF COMBINATORICS 16.4 (2012): 905–916. Print.
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  abstract     = {An automorphism of a generalized quadrangle is called domestic if it maps no chamber, which is here an incident point-line pair, to an opposite chamber. We call it point-domestic if it maps no point to an opposite one and line-domestic if it maps no line to an opposite one. It is clear that a duality in a generalized quadrangle is always point-domestic and linedomestic. In this paper, we classify all domestic automorphisms of generalized quadrangles. Besides three exceptional cases occurring in the small quadrangles with orders (2, 2), (2, 4), and (3, 5), all domestic collineations are either point-domestic or line-domestic. Up to duality, they fall into one of three classes: Either they are central collineations, or they fix an ovoid, or they fix a large full subquadrangle. Remarkably, the three exceptional domestic collineatons in the small quadrangles mentioned above all have order 4.},
  author       = {Temmermans, Beukje and Thas, Joseph and Van Maldeghem, Hendrik},
  issn         = {0218-0006},
  journal      = {ANNALS OF COMBINATORICS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {905--916},
  title        = {Domesticity in generalized quadrangles},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00026-012-0145-6},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2012},
}

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