Archiv der Mathematik

, Volume 73, Issue 1, pp 73–80

Smooth Hughes planes are classical

  • Richard Bödi

DOI: 10.1007/s000130050022

Cite this article as:
Bödi, R. Arch. Math. (1999) 73: 73. doi:10.1007/s000130050022


We prove that the only compact projective Hughes planes which are smooth projective planes are the classical planes over the complex numbers \(\Bbb C \), the quaternions \(\Bbb H \), and the Caley numbers \(\Bbb O \). As a by-product this shows that an 8-dimensional smooth projective plane which admits a collineation group of dimension \(d \geq 17\) is isomorphic to the quaternion projective plane \({\cal P _2\Bbb H }\). For topological compact projective planes this is true if \(d \geq 19\), and this bound is sharp.

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Bödi
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  1. 1.Mathematisches Institut, Universität Tübingen, Auf der Morgenstelle 10, D-72076 Tübingen, GermanyDE

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