Designs, Codes and Cryptography

, Volume 44, Issue 1–3, pp 115–132 | Cite as

The flag-transitive symmetric designs with 45 points, blocks of size 12, and 3 blocks on every point pair



We construct two flag-transitive designs with the parameters of the title, and prove that these are the only two examples. One is point-primitive and related to unitary geometry, while the other is point-imprimitive and constructed from a 1-dimensional affine space. This classification may be contrasted with a construction by Mathon and Spence in 1996 of more than 3,700 designs with these parameters, almost a third of which had a trivial automorphism group.


Symmetric design Automorphism group Flag-transitive design 

AMS Classifications

05B25 20B25 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mathematics and Statistics (M019) University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

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