Graphs with Large Girth Not Embeddable in the Sphere

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Graphs with Large Girth Not Embeddable in the Sphere
In 1972, M. Rosenfeld asked if every triangle-free graph could be embedded in the unit sphere Sd in such a way that two vertices joined by an edge have distance more than √ 3 (i.e. distance more than 2π/3 on the sphere). In 1978, D. Larman [4] disproved this conjecture, constructing a triangle-free graph for which the minimum length of an edge could not exceed p 8/3. In addition, he conjectured that the right answer would be √ 2, which is no better than the class of all graphs. Larman’s conjecture was independently proved by M. Rosenfeld [7] and V. R˝odl [6]. In this last paper it was shown that no bound better than √ 2 can be found for graphs with arbitrarily large odd girth. We prove in this paper that this is still true for arbitrarily large girth. We discuss then the case of triangle-free graphs with linear minimum degree.
Pierre Charbit, Stéphan Thomassé
Added 13 Dec 2010
Updated 13 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2007
Where CPC
Authors Pierre Charbit, Stéphan Thomassé
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