Innovations in Incidence Geometry

Locally hermitian partial ovoids of unitary polar spaces and partial ovoids of orthogonal polar spaces

Alessandro Siciliano

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Abstract

In order to study unitals in the projective plane PG ( 2 , q 2 ) , F. Buekenhout gave a representation in PG ( 4 , q ) of the unitary polar space H ( 2 , q 2 ) as points of a quadratic cone on a Q ( 3 , q ) .

G. Lunardon used the Barlotti-Cofman representation of PG ( 3 , q 2 ) to represent H ( 3 , q 2 ) in PG ( 6 , q ) as a cone on a Q + ( 5 , q ) . He also proved that to any locally hermitian ovoid of H ( 3 , q 2 ) corresponds an ovoid of Q + ( 5 , q ) and conversely.

In this paper, we study the Barlotti-Cofman representation of the unitary polar space H ( n , q 2 ) for all n and we prove that to any locally hermitian partial ovoid of such spaces corresponds a partial ovoid of an orthogonal polar space, and conversely. Further the locally hermitian partial ovoid is maximal if and only if the corresponding partial ovoid of the orthogonal polar space is maximal. As a consequence of the previous connection and a result of A. Klein we obtain a geometric proof to derive that the orthogonal polar space Q + ( 4 n + 1 , q ) has no ovoid when n > q 3 .

Article information

Source
Innov. Incidence Geom., Volume 6-7, Number 1 (2007), 295-305.

Dates
Received: 10 January 2008
First available in Project Euclid: 28 February 2019

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.iig/1551323185

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.2140/iig.2008.6.295

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR2515273

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1175.51005

Subjects
Primary: 05B25: Finite geometries [See also 51D20, 51Exx] 51E20: Combinatorial structures in finite projective spaces [See also 05Bxx]

Keywords
polar spaces partial ovoids ovoids

Citation

Siciliano, Alessandro. Locally hermitian partial ovoids of unitary polar spaces and partial ovoids of orthogonal polar spaces. Innov. Incidence Geom. 6-7 (2007), no. 1, 295--305. doi:10.2140/iig.2008.6.295. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.iig/1551323185


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