Partitioning Steiner triple systems into complete arcs

C. J. Colbourn, K. T. Phelps, M. J. de Resmini, A. Rosa

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For a Steiner triple system of order v to have a complete s-arc one must have s(s + 1)/2≥v with equality only if s = 1 or 2 mod 4. To partition a Steiner triplesystem of order s(s + 1) 2 into complete s-arcs, one must have s = 1 mod 4. In this paper wegive constructions of Steiner triple systems of order s(s + 1) 2 which can be partitioned into complete s-arcs for all s = 1 mod 4. For s = 1 or 5 mod 12, we construct cyclic Steiner triple systems having this property. For s = 9 mod 12 we use Kirkman triple systems of order s having one additional property to construct these Steiner triple systems. We further establish that Kirkman triple systems having this additional property exist at least for s = 9 mod 24 and s = 21 mod 120.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-160
Number of pages12
JournalDiscrete Mathematics
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 15 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics


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