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Group theoretic characterizations of Buekenhout – Metz unitals in PG ( 2 , q 2 )

  title={Group theoretic characterizations of Buekenhout – Metz unitals in PG ( 2 , q 2 )},
  author={Giorgio Donati and Nicola Durante},
Let G be the group of projectivities stabilizing a unital U in PG(2, q2) and let A,B be two distinct points of U . In this paper we prove that, if G has an elation group of order q with center A and a group of projectivities stabilizing both A and B of order a divisor of q − 1 greater than 2(√q − 1), then U is an ovoidal Buekenhout–Metz unital. From this result two group theoretic characterizations of orthogonal Buekenhout–Metz unitals are given. 


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