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dc.contributor.advisorPhelps, Kevin
dc.contributor.authorDempsey, Emily M.
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-30T19:18:51Z
dc.date.available2017-11-30T19:18:51Z
dc.date.issued2017-11-30
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10415/6034
dc.description.abstractThe q-analog of t-designs and Steiner systems arises canonically from replacing sets of conventional t-designs by vector spaces over GF(q) and their orders with the dimensions. Thomas introduced these generalizations [21] and a few q-analogs of t-designs are known today. Minimal progress was made in constructing a q-Steiner system. In 2013, the rst nontrivial q-Steiner system was constructed S2[2; 3; 13] by Etzion [4] using certain automorphisms groups. This paper focuses on properties of 2-Steiner systems, in a general sense. The notion of an embedded 'skew' design is introduced and the consequences on existence are discussed. The smallest nontrivial S2[2; 3; n] that can exist is n = 7, and currently, its existence is unknown. Parameters from S2[2; 3; n] were applied to S2[2; 3; 7]. Curious observations of the relationship between points in a hyperplane and 5-spaces were made leading to the notion of a 'special point'. Automorphisms of 2-Steiner systems, S2[2; 3; n] and n = 7, of odd order are investigated and theoretic proofs of nonexis- tence is given.en_US
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dc.subjectMathematics and Statisticsen_US
dc.titleq-Steiner Systems and their Automorphismsen_US
dc.typePhD Dissertationen_US
dc.embargo.lengthMONTHS_WITHHELD:25en_US
dc.embargo.statusEMBARGOEDen_US
dc.embargo.enddate2019-12-16en_US


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