Vesna Iršič: Domination of subcubic planar graphs with large girth

Date of publication: 18. 12. 2023
Discrete mathematics seminar
Plemljev seminar, Jadranska 19


Since Reed conjectured in 1996 that the domination number of a connected cubic graph of order n is at most ⌈(1/3) n⌉, the domination number of cubic graphs has been extensively studied. It is now known that the conjecture is false in general, but Henning and Dorbec showed that it holds for graphs with girth at least 9. Zhu and Wu stated an analogous conjecture for 2-connected cubic planar graphs.

In this talk we present a new upper bound for the domination number of subcubic planar graphs: if G is a subcubic planar graph with girth at least 8, then

γ(G)< n_0+(3/4)n_1+(11/20)n_2+(7/20)n_3,

where n_i denotes the number of vertices in G of degree i, for i∈{0,1,2,3}.

We also prove that if G is a subcubic planar graph with girth at least 9, then

γ(G)<n_0+(13/17) n_1+(9/17)n_2+(6/17)n_3.

Joint work with Eun-Kyung Cho, Eric Culver and Stephen G. Hartke.