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Dear Alexander,

Indeed as Derek Holt mentioned there exists an infinite

two-parametric series of maximal subgroups of desired nature.

(Examples mentioned by Derek, correspond to the case when

for one of parameters, say m, we have m =2, 3.)

The proof of the existence of such series was given many years ago,

by Kalu\vznin and myself, see first reference.

(In fact we rediscovered and investigated for the purpose

of the proof what is now called Johnson association scheme.)

Later on in works by M.K., E.Halberstadt and V.A.Ustimenko

all values were found when we indeed have maximality.

All details are summarised in the survey paper

(second reference), pp. 99-102.

The resuts are obtained without the use of CFSG.

I will send you copies of these pages by air mail

(I doubt that this Kluwer volume is available in Ukraine.)

Surely question by Sushchanskii in Kourovka was

influenced by this result

(he also is a disciple of Kalu\vznin.)

References

1. L.~A.~Kalu\v znin and M.~H.~Klin,

On some maximal subgroups of the symmetric and alternating groups,

\textit{Mat.~Sb.,} 87 (1972), 91--121 (in Russian).

2. I.~A.~Farad\v zev, M.~H.~Klin, M.~E.~Muzichuk,

Cellular rings and automorphism groups of graphs,

in \textit{Investigation in Algebraic Theory of Combinatorial

Objects} (eds. I.~A. Farad\v zev, A.~A.Ivanov, M.~H.~Klin,

A.~J.Woldar {\it et al.}), Kluwer, Dordrecht

(1994), pp.~1--152.

Best regards,

Mikhail

Please, find here my present address:

Dr. Mikhail KLin

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

P.O.Box 653, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel

Tel: (0)7/6477-802 (office: note new phone from 03.99)

(0)7/641-37-15 (home: note new phone from 28.10.98)

e-mail: klin@indigo.cs.bgu.ac.il

klin@cs.bgu.ac.il

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