Generalized Quadrangles and Transitive Pseudo-Hyperovals

John Bamberg, Stephen GLASBY, Tomasz Popiel, Cheryl Praeger

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A pseudo-hyperoval of a projective space, q even, is a set of subspaces of dimension such that any three span the whole space. We prove that a pseudo-hyperoval with an irreducible transitive stabilizer is elementary. We then deduce from this result a classification of the thick generalized quadrangles that admit a point-primitive, line-transitive automorphism group with a point-regular abelian normal subgroup. Specifically, we show that is flag-transitive and isomorphic to, where is either the regular hyperoval of PG(2, 4) or the Lunelli-Sce hyperoval of PG(2, 16).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-164
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Combinatorial Designs
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


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