On affine designs and Hadamard designs with line spreads

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Abstract

Rahilly [On the line structure of designs, Discrete Math. 92 (1991) 291–303] described a construction that relates any Hadamard design H on 4^m-1 points with a line spread to an affine design having the same parameters as the classical design of points and hyperplanes in AG(m,4). Here it is proved that the affine design is the classical design of points and hyperplanes in AG(m,4) if, and only if, H is the classical design of points and hyperplanes in PG(2m-1,2) and the line spread is of a special type. Computational results about line spreads in PG(5,2) are given. One of the affine designs obtained has the same 2-rank as the design of points and planes in AG(3,4), and provides a counter-example to a conjecture of Hamada [On the p-rank of the incidence matrix of a balanced or partially balanced incomplete block design and its applications to error-correcting codes, Hiroshima Math. J. 3 (1973) 153–226].
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2742-2750
Number of pages9
JournalDiscrete Mathematics
Volume308
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 06 Jul 2008

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