On ${\rm STD}_6[18,3]$'s and ${\rm STD}_7[21,3]$'s Admitting a Semiregular Automorphism Group of Order 9

  • Kenzi Akiyama
  • Masayuki Ogawa
  • Chihiro Suetake


We characterize symmetric transversal designs ${\rm STD}_{\lambda}[k,u]$'s which have a semiregular automorphism group $G$ on both points and blocks containing an elation group of order $u$ using the group ring ${\bf Z}[G]$. Let $n_\lambda$ be the number of nonisomorphic ${\rm STD}_{\lambda}[3\lambda,3]$'s. It is known that $n_1=1,\ n_2=1,\ n_3=4, n_4=1$, and $n_5=0$. We classify ${\rm STD}_6[18,3]$'s and ${\rm STD}_7[21,3]$'s which have a semiregular noncyclic automorphism group of order 9 on both points and blocks containing an elation of order 3 using this characterization. The former case yields exactly twenty nonisomorphic ${\rm STD}_6[18,3]$'s and the latter case yields exactly three nonisomorphic ${\rm STD}_7[21,3]$'s. These yield $n_6\geq20$ and $n_7\geq 5$, because B. Brock and A. Murray constructed two other ${\rm STD}_7[21,3]$'s in 1991. We used a computer for our research.

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