- Automorphism groups of Wada dessins and Wilson operations (2010)
- Dessins d'enfants (children's drawings) may be defined as hypermaps, i.e. as bipartite graphs embedded in compact Riemann surfaces. They are very important objects in order to describe the surface of the embedding as an algebraic curve. Knowing the combinatorial properties of the dessin may, in fact, help us determining defining equations or the field of definition of the surface. This task is easier if the automorphism group of the dessin is "large". In this thesis we consider a special type of dessins, so-called Wada dessins, for which the underlying graph illustrates the incidence structure of points and of hyperplanes of projective spaces. We determine under which conditions they have a large orientation-preserving automorphism group. We show that applying algebraic operations called "mock" Wilson operations to the underlying graph we may obtain new dessins. We study the automorphism group of the new dessins and we show that the dessins we started with are coverings of the new ones.