This thesis in incidence geometry is divided into two parts, which can both be linked to the geometries of the Freudenthal-Tits magic square. The first and main part consists of an axiomatic characterisation of certain plane geometries, defined via the Veronese mapping using degenerate quadratic alternative algebras (over any field) with a radical that is (as a ring) generated by a single element. This extends and complements earlier results of ...
A theorem of Cohen on parapolar spaces Ghent University
We give an elementary proof of a critical lemma of Arjeh Cohen used in his fundamental paper giving an axiomatic characterization of Grassmann spaces of finite singular rank.
Polarized non-abelian representations of slim near-polar spaces Ghent University
In (Bull Belg Math Soc Simon Stevin 4:299-316, 1997), Shult introduced a class of parapolar spaces, the so-called near-polar spaces. We introduce here the notion of a polarized non-abelian representation of a slim near-polar space, that is, a near-polar space in which every line is incident with precisely three points. For such a polarized non-abelian representation, we study the structure of the corresponding representation group, enabling us ...
Vertex opposition in spherical buildings Ghent University
We study to which extent all pairs of opposite vertices of self-opposite type determine a given building. We provide complete answers in the case of buildings related to projective spaces, to polar spaces and the exceptional buildings, but for the latter we restrict to the vertices whose Grassmannian defines a parapolar space of point diameter 3. Some results about non-self opposite types for buildings of types , (m odd), and are also provided.