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1 Complete catalogue of graphs of maimum degree 3 and defect at most 4 Mirka Miller 1,2, Guillermo Pineda-Villavicencio 3, 1 School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science The University of Newcastle Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia 2 Department of Mathematics University of West Bohemia Univerzitni 8, Pilsen, Czech Republic 3 School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences University of Ballarat Ballarat, Victoria 3353, Australia Abstract We consider graphs of maimum degree 3, diameter D 2 and at most 4 vertices less than the Moore bound M 3,D, that is, (3, D, ɛ)-graphs for ɛ 4. We prove the non-eistence of (3, D, 4)-graphs for D 5, completing in this way the catalogue of (3, D, ɛ)-graphs with D 2 and ɛ 4. Our results also give an improvement to the upper bound on the largest possible number N 3,D of vertices in a graph of maimum degree 3 and diameter D, so that N 3,D M 3,D 6 for D 5. Keywords: Degree/diameter problem, cubic graphs, Moore bound, Moore graphs, defect. (Corresponding author) 1

2 1 Introduction The optimality of a network has been interpreted in various ways, see, for instance, [16]. One possible interpretation can be stated as follows: An optimal network contains the maimum possible number of nodes, given a limitation on the number of connections attached to a node and a limitation on the number of traversed links between any two farthest nodes. In graph-theoretical terms, the preceding interpretation leads to the Degree/diameter problem: Given natural numbers 2 and D 1, find the largest possible number of vertices N,D in a graph of maimum degree and diameter D. It is straightforward to verify that N,D is defined for 2 and D 1. An upper bound on N,D is given by the following epression [3, 13]. N,D ( 1) + + ( 1) D 1 = 1 + [1 + ( 1) + + ( 1) D 1 ] 1 + ( 1)D 1 2 if > 2 = 2D + 1 if = 2 (1) This epression is known as the Moore bound, and is denoted by M,D. A graph whose order is equal to the Moore bound is called a Moore graph. Moore graphs eist only for certain special values of maimum degree and diameter. To be more precise, for diameter D = 1 and degree 1, Moore graphs are the complete graphs of order + 1. For diameter D = 2 Hoffman and Singleton [9] proved that Moore graphs eist for = 2, 3, 7 and possibly 57, but not for any other degree. Finally, for D 3 and = 2, Moore graphs are the cycles on 2D + 1 vertices. The fact that Moore graphs do not eist for D 3 and 3 was shown by Damerell [5] and, independently, also by Bannai and Ito [1]. 2

3 Therefore, we are interested in studying the eistence of large graphs of given maimum degree, diameter D and order M,D ɛ, for ɛ > 0, that is, (, D, ɛ)-graphs, where ɛ is called the defect. Since the case = 2 is completely settled (N 2,D = 2D+1, for D 3), in this paper, we consider the net case, = 3. For D 2, if a (3, D, ɛ)-graph had a verte of degree at most 2 then the order of such a graph would be at most 2 3 M 3,D ; see [10]. Therefore, we can state the following proposition. Proposition 1.1 ([10]) If ɛ < M 3,D then a (3, D, ɛ)-graph is regular. By Proposition 1.1, for ɛ < M 3,D 3 1 3, odd ɛ, and D 2, a (3, D, ɛ)-graph is cubic, and must have an even number of vertices. Therefore, these graphs do not eist when ɛ = 1, 3. Thus, the net interesting cases occur when ɛ = 2 and 4. The case of ɛ = 2 was analyzed by Jørgensen [10]. Jørgensen proved that for D 4 there are no (3, D, 2)-graphs and showed the uniqueness of the two known (3, 2, 2)-graphs (graphs (a) and (b) in Figure 1) and of the (3, 3, 2)-graph (graph (c) in Figure 1). (a) (b) (c) Figure 1: All the (3, D, 2)-graphs for D 2. The case ɛ = 4 and D = 2 or 3 was considered in [14], where we presented all the (3, 2, 4)-graphs. The unique (3, 3, 4)-graph was constructed initially by Faradžev [8], and later rediscovered by McKay and Royle [12], who proved its uniqueness; see Figures 2 and 3. 3

4 K 3,3 (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) Figure 2: All the (3, 2, 4)-graphs. Figure 3: The unique (3, 3, 4)-graph. For diameter 4 the non-eistence of (3, 4, 4)-graphs was proved by Jørgensen [11]. A simple counting argument shows that a (3, D, 4)-graph, D 3, has girth at least 2D 2. In [14] we proved that the girth must be at least 2D 1, and conjectured that its real value is 2D. In this paper we prove that if a (3, D, 4)-graph with D 5 eists then its girth must be 2D. Moreover, using this result about the girth of such graphs, we show that there are no (3, D, 4)-graphs for D 5, thus completing the census of (3, D, ɛ)-graphs with D 2 and ɛ 4. Note that some parts of our proof are inspired by the reasoning used by Jørgensen in [11]. Values of N 3,D are known only for D = 2, 3 and 4. For D = 2, N 3,2 = M 3,2, and the unique graph is the Petersen graph; see [9]. For D = 3, N 3,3 = M 3,3 2, and the unique graph, depicted in Figure 1 (c), was found by Bermond, Delorme and Farhi [2, 10]. For D = 4, by proving the non-eistence of (3, 4, 6)-graphs, Buset[4] showed that N 3,4 = M 3,4 8, and the two known (non-isomorphic) graphs, constructed by Doty [7] and by von Conta [15], therefore became the 4

5 largest graphs when = 3 and D = 4. Our results give an improvement on the upper bound of N 3,D, so that N 3,D M 3,D 6 for D 5. The rest of this paper is structured as follows: in Section 2, we settle the notation and terminology used throughout this paper and we give some preliminary results. Section 3 is devoted to proving that if a (3, D, 4)-graph with D 5 eists then it must have girth 2D. In Section 4 we prove the non-eistence of (3, D, 4)-graphs with D 5; and in Section 5 we give a summary of our results. It is perhaps worth noting that the case of (3, D, 4)-graphs is particularly interesting, because it is the first result concerning (, D, ɛ)-graphs of defect greater than the maimum degree of the graph. 2 Terminology and preliminary results All graphs considered in this paper are simple, that is, they have neither loops nor multiple edges. Throughout this paper, it is assumed that the reader is already familiar with basic graph theory, and therefore with its main concepts and results. Thus, the only objective of this section is to settle those notations that could vary among tets. The terminology and notation used in this paper is standard and consistent with that used in [6]. The verte set of a graph Γ is denoted by V (Γ), and its edge set by E(Γ). In Γ a verte of degree at least 3 is called a branch verte of Γ. For an edge e = {u, v}, we write e = y, or simply y, or alternatively, u v. If two vertices u and u are not adjacent then we write u v. The length of a path P is the number of edges in P. A path of length k is called a k-path. A path from a verte to a verte y is denoted by y. Whenever we refer to paths, we mean shortest paths. A cycle of length k is called a k-cycle. 5

6 We will also use the following notations for subpaths of a path P = k : i P j = i... j, where 0 i j k. The set of vertices at distance k from a verte is denoted by N k (). The set of neighbors of a verte in Γ is simply denoted by N(). The set of edges in the graph Γ joining a verte in X V (Γ) to a verte y in Y V (Γ) is denoted by E(X, Y ); for simplicity, instead of E(X, X), we write E(X). The difference between the graphs Γ and Γ, denoted by Γ Γ, is the graph with verte set V (Γ) V (Γ ) and edge set formed by all the edges with both endvertices in V (Γ) V (Γ ). The union of three independent paths of length D with common endvertices is denoted by Θ D. Finally, we call a cycle of length at most 2D a short cycle, and we call a verte a saturated verte if cannot belong to any further short cycle. From now on, let Γ be a (3, D, 4)-graph for D 5. By Proposition 1.1, Γ must be regular. Furthermore, we have Proposition 2.1 ([14]) A (3, D, 4)-graph for D 5 has girth at least 2D 1. In [14] it was conjectured that Conjecture 2.1 ([14]) The girth of a (3, D, 4)-graph, D 5, is 2D. If the girth of Γ is 2D 1 then there eists a verte in Γ such that lies on either one or two (2D 1)-cycles. Note that no verte can lie on more than two such cycles, otherwise E(N D 1 ()) 3, implying Γ M 3,D 6, a contradiction. Using a simple counting argument, we classify each verte of a (3, D, 4)-graph according to the short cycles on which the verte lies, as shown in Proposition 2.2. Proposition 2.2 Let be a verte of Γ. Then lies on the short cycles specified below, and no other short cycle. We have the following cases: is contained in two (2D 1)-cycles. Then 6

7 (i) lies on eactly two (2D 1)-cycles whose intersection is a l-path for some l such that 1 l D 1. If l = D 1 then is also contained in one 2D-cycle; or is contained in eactly one (2D 1)-cycle. Then also (ii) is a branch verte of one Θ D, or (iii) is contained in eactly two 2D-cycles; or is contained in no (2D 1)-cycle. Then also (iv) is a branch verte of eactly two Θ D, or (v) is a branch verte of one Θ D, and is contained in two more 2D-cycles, or (vi) is contained in eactly four 2D-cycles. Each case is considered as a type. For instance, a verte satisfying case (i) is called a verte of Type (i). Proof. By Proposition 2.1, we see that N i () is an independent set, for i {1,..., D 2}, and that N D 1 () = 3 2 D 2. It is clear that E(N D 1 ()) 2, otherwise Γ M 3,D 6. We distinguish three cases according to the possible values of E(N D 1 ()). Case 1. E(N D 1 ()) = 2. In this case these two edges either have a common endverte or are independent. Therefore, (i) follows. Case 2. E(N D 1 ()) = 1. Since N D () = 3 2 D 1 4 and E(N D 1 (), N D ()) = 3 2 D 1 2, we obtain (ii) or (iii). Case 3. E(N D 1 ()) = 0. Since N D () = 3 2 D 1 4 and E(N D 1 (), N D ()) = 3 2 D 1, it follows that is a verte of Type (iv), (v) or (vi). 7

8 Observation 2.1 If a verte Γ belongs to eactly one (2D 1)-cycle C 1 then the intersection of C 1 and any 2D-cycle is a path of length at most D 1. Net we prove a lemma that will be used repeatedly in the rest of this paper. Lemma 2.1 (Intersection Lemma) Let D 1 be a 2D-cycle in Γ. Let α and β be vertices on D 1 such that d(α, β) = D. Let α 1 be the neighbor of α not contained in D 1. Let us suppose that α is not a branch verte of a Θ D, and that α 1 is contained in at most one (2D 1)-cycle, say C, which also contains α. Then (i) the intersection of D 1 and C is a path of length D 1, or (ii) there eists another 2D-cycle, say D 2, containing α and α 1. Furthermore, the intersection of D 1 and D 2 is a path of length D 1. α α 1 α 2 D 1 α 3 D 2 D 2 β 2 β 3 β β 1 Figure 4: Auiliary figure for Lemma 2.1. Proof. Let D 1 be a 2D-cycle of Γ, and let α, α 1, α 2, α 3, β, β 1, β 2 and β 3 be as in Figure 4. Let P 1 = α 1 β. The length of P 1 must be D, since α is not a branch verte of a Θ D, α 1 is contained in at most one (2D 1)-cycle, and the girth of Γ is at least 2D 1. Therefore, we have two possibilities: either P 1 goes through β 2 or β 3, or it goes through β 1. In the first case V (P 1 D 1 ) = {β 2 or β 3, β}, and (i) follows. In the second case we consider the neighbor α of α 1 such that α α and α P 1. A path P 2 = α β does not pass through β 1, otherwise α 1 would belong to a cycle of length at most 2D 1 that does not contain α, contradicting our 8

9 assumptions. Therefore, P 2 is a path of length either D 1 or D, which goes through β 2 or β 3, and V (P 2 D 1 ) = {β 2 or β 3, β}. Consequently, if P 2 is a (D 1)-path then (i) follows, otherwise (ii) follows. Note that if α 1 is contained in no (2D 1)-cycle then (ii) follows. 3 On the girth of (3, D, 4)-graphs with D 5 The aim of this section is to prove that the girth of Γ is eactly 2D. This result will be obtained by ruling out the eistence of vertices of Type (i), (ii) or (iii). Theorem 3.1 A (3, D, 4)-graph, D 5, does not contain a verte of Type (i), (ii) or (iii). We prove Theorem 3.1 by eliminating, in order, the eistence of vertices of each type under consideration. Non-eistence of vertices of Type (i) In the net two lemmas we give some necessary conditions for the eistence of vertices of Type (i). Lemma 3.1 Let be a verte lying on two (2D 1)-cycles. Then the intersection of such (2D 1)-cycles is a path of length at most D 2. Proof. We proceed by way of contradiction. Let us consider a verte Γ lying on two (2D 1)-cycles, say C 1 and C 2, and let us further suppose that the intersection of C 1 and C 2 is a path of length D 1. Then Γ contains the subgraph in Figure 5. Let, w, w 1, w 2, z, z 1, z 2, y, y 1, y 2 be as in Figure 5. A path P = y 1 is a D-path, since d(, y 1 ) D, and by Proposition 2.2 (i). Besides, by Proposition 2.2 (i), if P intersects with C 1 then V (P C 1 ) = {, w}; if instead P intersects with C 2 then V (P C 2 ) = {, z}. Therefore, P should pass through either w 1, w 2, z 1, or z 2. 9

10 y 2 y y 1 C 1 C 2 D 2 D 1 D 2 w 2 w z z 1 w 1 z 2 Figure 5: Auiliary figure for Lemma 3.1. If the path P = y 1 passed through either z 1 or z 2, say z 1, then z would be contained in two (2D 1)-cycles, namely, C 2 and C = zc 2 y... y 1 P z 1... z, and in one 2D-cycle. However, by Proposition 2.2 (i), the intersection of C and C 2 should be a path of length D 1, and in this case, the intersection is a path of length D 2, namely, zc 2 y, a contradiction. Therefore, P = y 1 passes through either w 1 or w 2. Analogously, a path Q = y 2 is a D-path, and passes through either w 1 or w 2. Thus, Γ contains a cycle of length at most 2D 2, contradicting Proposition 2.1. Lemma 3.2 Let us assume that Γ contains two non-disjoint (2D 1)-cycles. Then the intersection of such (2D 1)-cycles is a path of length eactly D 2. Proof. Let us suppose that Γ contains two non-disjoint (2D 1)-cycles, denoted by C 1 and C 2. To prove this lemma we proceed by way of contradiction. Suppose that the intersection of the cycles C 1 and C 2 is a path of length l, with l {1,..., }. Recall that the case of l = D 1 is ruled out by Lemma 3.1. As C 1 C 2, there are two vertices and 1 such that (C 1 C 2 ), 1 (C 2 C 1 ) and 1. We may also assume that 1 has a neighbor 3 such that 3 and 3 C 2. Let 4, y, y 1, y 2, y 3, y 4, z, z 1, z 2, z 3, and z 4 be as in Figure 6 (a). 10

11 s P 1 1 Q 2 P 2 1 r Q1 C 1 D 2 D 2 C 1 y 1 z 1 y 1 z 1 y 4 y 2 y z z 2 z 3 y 4 y 2 y z z 2 z 3 y 3 (a) z 4 y 3 (b) z 4 Figure 6: (a): Auiliary figure for Lemma 3.2. (b): Auiliary figure for Case 1 of Lemma 3.2. Let us first consider a path P 1 = 3 z. Since the intersection of C 1 and C 2 is a path of length l with 1 l, we have 1 P 1. By assumption, P 1 cannot go through z 1. P 1 does not pass through y, and V (P 1 C 1 ) = {z}, since is a verte of Type (i), and the intersection of C 1 and C 2 is a path of length l with l {1,..., }. Therefore, P 1 is a D-path that passes through either z 3 or z 4, say z 3. By following similar reasoning, a path P 2 = 4 z goes through either z 3 or z 4. Then V (P 1 P 2 ) = {z 2, z}, otherwise there would be a cycle of length at most (2D 2). Therefore, the path P 2 uses the verte z 4, and is a D-path. Note that 1 3 P 1 z 3 z 2 z 4 P is a 2D-cycle, denoted by D 1. In the same way, we can assume that the paths Q 1 = 3 y and Q 2 = 4 y use the vertices y 3 and y 4, respectively. Furthermore, both Q 1 and Q 2 are D-paths, and V (Q 1 Q 2 ) = {y 2, y}. Note that 1 3 Q 1 y 3 y 2 y 4 Q is also a 2D-cycle, denoted by D 2. Thus, 1 and 3 are contained in the 2D-cycles D 1 and D 2, and in the (2D 1)-cycle C 2. Let s and r be the neighbors of 3 different from 1 such that s P 1 and r / P 1. Recall that the vertices 1 and 3 cannot be contained in any additional cycle of length at most 2D. 11

12 We distinguish two cases: either V (P 1 Q 1 ) = { 3, s} or V (P 1 Q 1 ) = { 3 }. Case 1. The paths P 1 and Q 1 intersect at 3 and s. In this case the vertices y and z lie on a further (2D 1)-cycle, namely, sq 1 y 3 y 2 yzz 2 z 3 P 1 s, and consequently, the paths P 2 and Q 2 should intersect only at 4, otherwise y and z would be contained in three (2D 1)-cycles; see Figure 6 (b). Let us consider a path A = r z. Considering our assumptions, and that the vertices 1 and 3 cannot belong to a further short cycle, we have that the path A cannot use the vertices z 1, z 3, z 4, y 1, y 3 or y 4, and therefore, r cannot reach z in at most D steps, a contradiction. s 4 3 D 2 Q 2 P 2 Q 1 C 1 y 1 z 1 y 1 z 1 z s C 1 D 2 D 1 4 Q 2 r Q 1 y 3 1 r P 1 y 4 y 2 y z z 2 z 3 y z z 2 z 4 z 5 D 2 y 4 y 2 z 5 y 3 (a) z 4 (b) Figure 7: Auiliary figure for Case 2 of Lemma 3.2. Case 2. The paths P 1 and Q 1 intersect only at 3. We may assume that the paths P 2 and Q 2 intersect only at 4 ; see Figure 7 (a). Without loss of generality, as 3 C 2, we may also assume that r C 2. Let z 5 be as in Figure 7 (a). Note that since D 5, Γ contains the subgraph depicted in Figure 7 (a). 12

13 To achieve a better understanding of this case, we depict Figure 7 (a) in a different way, by drawing our attention to the vertices 3 and r, and to the 2D-cycle D 1 ; see Figure 7 (b). We see that the premises of the Intersection Lemma hold. Mapping the verte 3 to α, r to α 1, z 4 to β, and mapping the 2D-cycle D 1 to D 1, and the (2D 1)-cycle C 2 to C, we obtain, by the Intersection Lemma, that one of the following cases holds. In the first case, 3 and r are contained in a (2D 1)-cycle that intersects with D 1 at a path of length D 1. This cycle would be precisely C 2, implying D 1 = 1, a contradiction. In the second case, 3 and r are contained in another 2D-cycle that intersects with D 1 at a path of length D 1. This cycle would be precisely D 2, implying D 1 = 2, a contradiction. Consequently, the cycles C 1 and C 2 intersect at a path of length eactly D 2. Using the structural results from Lemmas 3.1 and 3.2, the net proposition rules out the eistence of vertices of Type (i). Proposition 3.1 A (3, D, 4)-graph, D 5, does not contain a verte of Type (i). Proof. Let Γ be a verte of Type (i), lying on the (2D 1)-cycles C 1 and C 2. In view of Lemma 3.2, the intersection of C 1 and C 2 is a path of length D 2. Then since D 5, Γ contains the subgraph in Figure 8 (a). Let, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, y, y 1, y 2, u, u 1, u 2, v, v 1, v 2, s, s, s 1, s 2, t, t, t 1, t 2, z 1, z 2, w, w 1, and w 2 be as in Figure 8 (a). Let us first consider a path P 1 = t 1. Note that since all the vertices in the intersection of C 1 and C 2 are of Type (i), it follows that t, 2 P 1. The verte u is not contained in P 1, otherwise there would eist a cycle of length at most 2D 2. The verte v is not contained in P 1 either, otherwise the verte y would be contained in two (2D 1)-cycles (C 1 and C 2 ), and in one further cycle of length at most 2D, a contradiction. Therefore, P 1 is a D-path, and passes through either 4, 5, 6 or 7. Analogously, a path P 2 = t 2 is a D-path, and goes through either 4, 5, 6 or 7. Moreover, neither 1 (P 1 P 2 ) nor 3 (P 1 P 2 ), otherwise there would eist a cycle of length at most 2D 2 in Γ. Without loss of generality, we may therefore assume that P 1 goes through 4, and that P 2 goes through 7. 13

14 6 4 Q P 1 v 2 v 1 7 y 1 1 v 2 C 1 C 2 y y u u 2 u 1 7 v 2 v 1 y 1 1 v 2 C 1 C 2 y y u u 2 u 1 z 1 s t w 1 z 1 s t w s t s t w w 1 z 2 s 2 s 1 t 2 (a) t 1 w 2 z 2 s 2 s 1 t 2 P 2 (b) t 1 w 2 Q 2 Figure 8: Verte of Type (i) in a (3, D, 4)-graph when D 5. In the same way, we may assume that the D-paths Q 1 = s 1 and Q 2 = s 2 go through 6 and 5, respectively. Note that V (P 2 Q 1 )={y 1, 1, }, otherwise y would be contained in an additional cycle of length at most 2D. Analogously, V (P 1 Q 2 )={y 2, 3, }; see Figure 8 (b). Note also that D 1 = tt t 1 P 1 4 y 2 3 uc 2 t and D 2 = ss s 1 Q 1 6 y 1 1 vc 1 s are 2D-cycles. Let 8 and 9 be the neighbors of 6 different from y 1 such that 8 Q 1 and 9 Q 1. Let r be the neighbor of v on C 1 different from 1 ; see Figure 9 (a). The paths M 1 = w 1 and M 2 = w 2 are D-paths. Note that w M 1. The verte u / M 1, otherwise there would eist a cycle of length at most 2D 3 in Γ. The verte 2 / M 1, otherwise 2 would be contained in a further cycle of length at most 2D, contradicting Proposition 2.2 (i). Since the verte 3 is of Type (iii) or (iv) (see Proposition 2.2 (iii) and (iv)), 3 M 1, otherwise 3 would be contained in an additional cycle of length at most 2D 1 ( 3 is already contained in the (2D 1)-cycle C 2 and in the 2D-cycle D 1 ). Furthermore, if the path M 1 went through 7 then the verte t would be contained in an additional cycle of length at most 2D 1, contradicting the fact that t Type (iii) or (iv) (t C 2 and D 1 ). If instead 8 M 1 then y would be contained in a further cycle of length at most 2D 1, contradicting Proposition 2.2 (i). Therefore, M 1 passes through either v 1, v 2 or 9. Consequently, the path M 2 = w 2 14

15 9 8 4 Q 1 v y 1 M 1 1 v C 1 2 C 2 y u P 1 u 2 2 v 1 v D 3 y 1 1 C 1 D 2 r D 4 v 1 z 1 M 2 r 6 y w 2 s t y w w 1 w w 3 s t w 1 D 4 z 2 D 4 w 2 s t s t 1 (b) P 2 (a) Q 2 D 4 u 1 D 4 D 4 8 D 4 s 1 s Figure 9: Auiliary figure for Proposition 3.1. goes also through either v 1, v 2, or 9. If both M 1 and M 2 reached through either v 1 or v 2 then there would eist a cycle of length at most 2D 4 in Γ, a contradiction. We may therefore assume that M 1 goes through 9, 6 and y 1, and that M 2 goes through v 1 ; see Figure 9 (a). Note that D 3 = w 1 M y 1 1 v... v 1 M 2 w 2 ww 1 is a 2D-cycle, and that after the above developments, the vertices v and 1 cannot be contained in any further short cycle, because they are already contained in the cycles C 1, D 2 and D 3. Let us now turn our attention to the verte v and the cycles C 1, D 2 and D 3 ; see Figure 9 (b) (cycle C 1 is highlighted by a heavier line). Let w 3 be the neighbor of w 1 different from w such that w 3 M 1. See Figure 9 (b). We see that the premises of the Intersection Lemma hold. Mapping the verte v to α, r to α 1, w 1 to β, and mapping the 2D-cycle D 3 to D 1, and the (2D 1)-cycle C 1 to C, we obtain, by the Intersection Lemma, that one of the following cases holds. In the first case, v and r are contained in a (2D 1)-cycle that intersects with D 3 at a path of length D 1. This cycle would be precisely C 1, implying D 1 = 1, a contradiction. In the second case, v and r are contained in another 2D-cycle that intersects with D 3 at a path of length D 1. This cycle 15

16 would be precisely D 2, implying D 1 = 3, a contradiction. As a result, when D 5, a (3, D, 4)-graph does not contain a verte of Type (i). Non-eistence of vertices of Type (ii) Proposition 3.1 opens up a way to prove the non-eistence of vertices of Type (ii), as shown below. Proposition 3.2 A (3, D, 4)-graph, D 5, does not contain a verte of Type (ii). Proof. Let be a verte of Type (ii). Let H be a subgraph of Γ isomorphic to Θ D, where and y are its branch vertices. Then H consists of three independent paths y of length D, say P 1, P 2 and P 3. Since is of Type (ii), is also contained in one (2D 1)-cycle, say C. We may assume that V (P 1 C) > 1, V (P 3 C) > 1 and V (P 2 C) = {}. As C is a (2D 1)-cycle, there is a verte u of P 1, different from or y, such that u and the neighbor of u not contained in P 1, say u 1, are both contained in C. Let v and w be the vertices in P 2 and P 3, respectively, at distance D from u in H. If the distance in Γ between u and either v or w was at most D 1 then u would be contained in two cycles of length at most (2D 1) and in two 2D-cycles, contradicting Proposition 2.2 (iii). Therefore, the distance in Γ between u, and v or w is D. Let u 2 and u 3, v 2 and v 3, and w 2 and w 3 be the neighbors of u on P 1, the neighbors of v on P 2, and the neighbors of w on P 3, respectively; see Figure 10 (a). A path P = u 1 v does not pass through u, otherwise some vertices of H would be contained in a cycle of length at most 2. Suppose that P passes through v 3. If v (implying = v 3 = w 3 ) then either there would be a cycle of length at most 2 or the distance in Γ between u and w would be at most D 1, a contradiction. If instead v then and some vertices of P 2 would be contained in a cycle of length at most 2D 1, but, by Proposition 2.2 (ii), this cycle would be C, contradicting our assumption that V (P 2 C) = {}. Therefore, v 3 P. If P passed through v 2 then u would be contained in a cycle of length at most 2D 1 that does not contain. This is a contradiction, because, since u is a verte of Type (iii), u 16

17 can be contained in only one (2D 1)-cycle, and that (2D 1)-cycle is C. Therefore, P passes through the neighbor of v not contained in P 2, say v 1, and P is a D-path. Let r be the neighbor of u 1, different from u, and not contained in P. Reasoning as above, a path Q = r v does not contain v 2 or v 3, otherwise u would be contained in a further short cycle, contradicting Proposition 2.2 (iii). As a result, Q uses the edge vv 1, and is a D-path. Thus, u 1 is contained in an additional (2D 1)-cycle, namely, C 1 = u 1 P v 1 Qru 1, and u 1 is therefore a verte of Type (i) (u C C 1 ). However, as D 5, by Proposition 3.1, Γ does not contain such a verte; see Figure 10 (b). H = Θ D w 2 w w 3 P 3 H = Θ D w 2 w w 3 P 3 y v 3 v 2 v P 2 y v 2 v v 3 v 1 P 2 u 1 P 1 r u 1 P 1 u 2 u (a) u 3 u 2 u (b) u 3 Figure 10: Auiliary figure for Proposition 3.2. Non-eistence of vertices of Type (iii) At this point, assuming that there are no vertices of Type (i) or (ii), our aim is to rule out the eistence of vertices of Type (iii). Lemma 3.3 Let C be a (2D 1)-cycle in Γ. Let D 1 be a 2D-cycle such that C and D 1 are non-disjoint. Then the intersection of C and D 1 is a path of length at most D 2. Proof. Let C be a (2D 1)-cycle in Γ. Suppose, by way of contradiction, that in Γ there eists a 2D-cycle, say D 1, such that the intersection of C and D 1 is a path of length eactly D 1. 17

18 Since D 5, Γ contains the subgraph depicted in Figure 11 (a). Let be a verte lying on C and D 1 such that has a neighbor, say 3, belonging to D 1 C, and let y and z be the vertices at distance D 1 from in C. Let w be the verte at distance D from in D 1. Let the vertices u 1, u 2, 1, 2, 4, 5, z 1, z 2, y 1, w 1, w 2 and w 3, and the sets S 1, S 2, R 1, and R 2 be as in Figure 11 (a). R 1 R 1 u R 2 u R 2 D 2 1 u 1 2 C D 1 3 D 2 u 1 2 D 2 P 1 D 2 1 C D 1 3 D 2 y 1 w 1 w 3 w 3 S 1 P 2 y 1 w 1 S 1 z 1 z y w z 1 z y w w 2 w 2 z 2 (a) S 2 z 2 (b) S 2 Figure 11: Auiliary figure for Lemma 3.3. We first consider a path P 1 = u 1 y. Note that P 1 cannot pass through 5. If P 1 passed through z then 1 would be contained in another cycle of length at most 2D 1, a contradiction. Therefore, P 1 passes through either w 1, a verte from the set S 1, or a verte from the set S 2. Suppose that w 1 P 1. In this case P 1 must be a D-path, otherwise would be contained in a further cycle of length at most 2D 1, a contradiction. Then is contained in an additional 2D-cycle, namely, D 2 = u D 1 w 1 P 1 u 1. Note that is saturated. A path P 2 = u 2 y does not contain y 1 or w 1, otherwise in Γ there would be a cycle of length at most 2D 2 or would be contained in a further cycle of length at most 2D, a contradiction. Therefore, P 2 is a path of length D 1 or D which goes through S 2, and forms the cycle D 3 = u 1 P 1 w 1 ww 2 (a verte in S 2 )P 2 u 2 5 u 1. The cycle D 3 is a (2D 1)-cycle or a 2D-cycle, 18

19 depending on the length of P 2. Note that, since w 1 D 1, D 2, D 3, the verte w 1 cannot be contained in any further (2D 1)-cycle. See Figure 11 (b). In this case a path 4 y cannot go through w (that would form a new cycle of length at most 2D 1 containing w 1 ), neither can 4 y pass through y 1 or z (otherwise would be contained in a further cycle of length at most 2D). Consequently, d( 4, y) > D, a contradiction. As a result, w 1 P 1, and P 1 reaches y through either a verte from S 1 or a verte from S 2. We can then assume that P 2 = u 2 y also reaches y through either a verte from S 1 or a verte from S 2. Note that P 1 and P 2 intersect neither in S 1 nor in S 2, otherwise there would eist a cycle of length at most 2D 2. We may accordingly assume that P 1 goes through a verte in S 1, and that P 2 goes through a verte in S 2. Then, P 1 must be a D-path, whereas P 2 could be either a (D 1)-path or a D-path. In this way, we have obtained a new 2D-cycle containing and 2, say, D 2 = u 1 P 1 (a verte in S 1 )w 3 y 1 C u 1. Note that the vertices and 2 are both saturated. Finally, we consider the paths Q 1 = z 1 and Q 2 = z 2. Reasoning as before, the paths Q 1 and Q 2 reach through either a verte from the set R 1 or a verte from the set R 2, but both paths cannot go through the same set. Therefore, we may assume that Q 1 passes through a verte in R 1, and that Q 2 goes through a verte in R 2. But in this case, 2 would be contained in a further cycle of length at most 2D, a contradiction. Thus, the lemma follows. Net we prove a lemma that will be very useful from now on. Lemma 3.4 (Saturation Lemma) Let D 1 and D 2 be two 2D-cycles intersecting at a path I of length D 1. Let λ and ρ be the vertices lying on I at distance D 1 from each other. Suppose that λ is saturated and that there eists a verte α λ, ρ lying on I such that its neighbor α 1 not contained in I does not belong to any of the short cycles saturating λ. Then the following two assertions hold: (i) There is at least one further short cycle D 3 containing α, α 1 and ρ. 19

20 (ii) If η 1 is the neighbor not contained in I of a verte η I such that η λ, α, ρ, then η 1 does not belong to D 3. Proof. Let D 1 and D 2 be two 2D-cycles intersecting at a path I of length D 1, and let λ and ρ be the vertices lying on I at distance D 1 from each other. Suppose that λ is saturated, and that there eists a verte α λ, ρ lying on I such that its neighbor α 1 not contained in I does not belong to any of the short cycles saturating λ. Let β and γ the vertices in D 1 and D 2, respectively, at distance D from α, and let the vertices β 1, β 2, β 3, γ 1, γ 2 and γ 3 be as in Figure 12 (a). λ λ D 1 I D 2 D 1 I D 2 α 1 β 2 α β 2 C 1 β β 1 γ 1 γ β α β γ 1 D 1 2 β 3 3 β 3 γ 2 D 1 α 1 α γ 1 γ 2 γ γ 3 ρ (a) ρ (b) Figure 12: Auiliary figure for Saturation Lemma. Suppose, on the contrary, that there is no short cycle containing α, α 1 and ρ. Consider a path P 1 = α 1 β. Note that α P 1. If P 1 went through β 2 then λ would be contained in a further short cycle, contradicting the saturation of λ. If instead P 1 passed through β 3 then ρ would belong to a short cycle that also contains α and α 1, a contradiction. Therefore, P 1 reaches β through β 1, and is D-path. Let α 2 be the neighbor of α 1, other than α, which is not contained in P 1. Consider a path P 2 = α 2 β. Note that α 1 P 2. Then P 2 does not go through β 2, otherwise λ would be contained in a further short cycle. Neither does P 2 pass through β 3, otherwise ρ would belong 20

21 to a short cycle that also contains α and α 1. Therefore, P 2 reaches β through β 1, and is D-path. Note that P 2 causes the formation of a (2D 1)-cycle C 1 = α 1 P 1 β 1 P 2 α 2 α 1 ; see Figure 12 (b). Following the same analysis as in the case of the paths P 1 and P 2, we obtain that D-paths Q 1 = α 1 γ and Q 2 = α γ reach γ through γ 1, where α is the neighbor of α 1, other than α, which is not contained in Q 1. Consequently, we obtain a new (2D 1)-cycle C 2 = α 1 Q 1 γ 1 Q 2 α α 1, and thus, α 1 is contained in two (2D 1)-cycles C 1 and C 2, contradicting Proposition 3.1. Thus, there is at least one further short cycle containing α, α 1 and ρ, and (i) follows. Note that the second assertion follows immediately from the proof of (i). We are now in a position to rule out the eistence of vertices of Type (iii). Proposition 3.3 A (3, D, 4)-graph, D 5, does not contain a verte of Type (iii). Proof. Let be a verte of Type (iii) lying on a (2D 1)-cycle C and two 2D-cycles D 1 and D 2. Let 1 be the neighbor of such that 1 (C D 1 ), and y 1 the verte on D 1 at distance D from. To prove the proposition we have prepared the following two claims. Claim 1. The intersection of D 1 and D 2 is a path of length D 1. Proof of Claim 1. We apply the Intersection Lemma. Mapping the verte to α, 1 to α 1, y 1 to β, and mapping the 2D-cycle D 1 to D 1, and the (2D 1)-cycle C to C, we see, by the Intersection Lemma (ii), that the 2D-cycle D 2 intersects D 1 at a path I of length D 1. Note that the case (i) of the Intersection Lemma does not hold because of Lemma 3.3. See Figure 13 (a) (the edge 1 C is highlighted by a heavier line). Claim 2. C I = {}. Proof of Claim 2. We use the Intersection Lemma again. Suppose, on the contrary, that V (C I) > 1. Then there are two vertices z and z 1 such that z (C I), z 1 (C I) and z z 1. This implies that z is a verte of Type (iii), which belongs to C, D 1 and D 2. Therefore, z is saturated. In this case the premises of the Intersection Lemma hold again. Mapping the 21

22 verte z to α, z 1 to α 1, the verte in D 1 at distance D from z to β, and mapping the (2D 1)- cycle C to C and the 2D-cycle D 1 to D 1, we obtain, by the Intersection Lemma (ii), that there eists an additional 2D-cycle containing z and z 1, a contradiction. This completes the proof of the Claim. Let be the verte on I at distance D 1 from, a the neighbor of contained in I, and a 1 the neighbor of a not contained in I. Since is saturated, we see that the premises of the Saturation Lemma hold. Mapping the verte to λ, to ρ, a to α and a 1 to α 1, and mapping the 2D-cycle D 1 to D 1 and D 2 to D 2, it follows that there is a further short cycle D 3 containing a, a 1 and. Let b be the neighbor of a contained in I, b 1 the neighbor of b not contained in I, c a the neighbor of b contained in I and c 1 the neighbor of c not contained in I. Since D 5, it follows that a,, b, and c,. See Figure 13 (b). D 1 D 2 1 D 1 a 1 b 1 c 1 a b c D 2 1 D 1 D 1 I D 1 D 4 I y 1 (a) y 1 (b) y 2 Figure 13: Auiliary figure for Proposition 3.3. Parts belonging to the cycle C are highlighted by a heavier line. By Saturation Lemma (ii), we see that neither b 1 nor c 1 is contained in D 3. Therefore, we can apply the Saturation Lemma again. Mapping the verte to λ, to ρ, b to α and b 1 to α 1, and mapping the 2D-cycle D 1 to D 1 and D 2 to D 2, it follows that there is a further short cycle D 4 containing b, b 1 and. Therefore, is saturated. 22

23 By Saturation Lemma (ii), we see that c 1 is not contained in D 4, allowing a further application of the Saturation Lemma. Mapping the verte to λ, to ρ, c to α and c 1 to α 1, and mapping the 2D-cycle D 1 to D 1 and D 2 to D 2, it follows that there is a further short cycle D 5 containing c, c 1 and. But the formation of the cycle D 5 contradicts the fact that is saturated. Thus, Γ does not contain a verte of Type (iii), and the proposition follows. We are now in a position to prove the main result of this section. Proof of Theorem 3.1. Combining Propositions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3, the theorem follows. As an immediate corollary of Theorem 3.1, we obtain that if a (3, D, 4)-graph with D 5 eists then Conjecture 2.1 is true. Corollary 3.1 If a (3, D, 4)-graph with D 5 eists then it must have girth 2D. 4 Non-eistence of (3, D, 4)-graphs for D 5 From Theorem 3.1, it follows that Γ contains only vertices of Type (iv), (v) or (vi). By ruling out the eistence of such vertices, we obtain the non-eistence of (3, D, 4)-graphs for D 5. Proposition 4.1 A (3, D, 4)-graph, D 5, does not contain a subgraph isomorphic to Θ D. Proof. Let H be a subgraph of Γ isomorphic to Θ D, where and y are its branch vertices. Let u be the verte on P 1 at distance 2 from. Let v and w be vertices on P 2 and P 3, respectively, such that d(u, v) = d(u, w) = D. Let u 2 and u 3, v 2 and v 3, and w 2 and w 3 be the neighbors of u on P 1, the neighbors of v on P 2, and the neighbors of w on P 3, respectively. Let u 1, v 1 and w 1 be the neighbors of u, v and w, respectively, that do not belong to H; see Figure 14. First, consider a path Q 1 = u 1 v. Then, Q 1 does not go through u, v 2 or v 3, otherwise there would eist a cycle of length at most 2D 1 in Γ. Therefore, Q 1 goes through v 1. Suppose that Q 1 is a D-path. Let r u and s v be the neighbors of u 1 and v 1, respectively, that do not belong to Q 1. 23

24 H = Θ D w w 3 P 3 y w 2 w 1 v P 2 v 2 v 3 v 1 u 1 u u 3 u 2 P 1 Figure 14: Auiliary figure for Proposition 4.1. A path Q 2 = r v does not pass through v 1, otherwise there would eist a cycle of length at most 2D 1 in Γ. Then Q 2 passes through either v 2 or v 3, and should be a D-path, otherwise there would eist a cycle of length at most 2D 1 in Γ. Analogously, a path Q 3 = s u is a D-path, and goes through either u 2 or u 3. Note that the paths Q 2 and Q 3 form part of two 2D-cycles, denoted by D 1 and D 2, which contain either or y. The cycle D 1 is either uu 3 P 1 P 2 v 3 Q 2 ru 1 u or uu 2 P 1 yp 2 v 2 Q 2 ru 1 u, while the cycle D 2 is either u 2 P 1 yp 2 v 2 vv 1 sq 3 u 2 or u 3 P 1 P 2 v 3 vv 1 sq 3 u 3. Note that the cycles D 1 and D 2 do not contain w 1, w 2 or w 3. Let us further suppose that a path T 1 = u 1 w is a D-path. By following the same reasoning as in the case of the paths Q 1, Q 2 and Q 3, we obtain that T 1 passes through w 1, and that there are two further 2D-cycles, say, D 3 and D 4, containing either or y. In this case the vertices and y are of Type (v), and, by Proposition 2.2 (v), and y are saturated. Since D 5, we can find another verte on P 1, say z, different from, u 3, u, u 2 or y. Let p be the verte on P 2 such that d(z, p) = D, and z 1 the neighbor of z that does not belong to H. Note that z 1 does not belong to D 1, D 2, D 3 or D 4. We consider paths R 1 = z 1 p and R 2 = q p, where q z is the neighbor of z 1 not contained in R 1. Note that the paths R 1 and R 2 must be D-paths, otherwise and y would be contained in a further short cycle. Then we obtain a new 2D-cycle containing z 1 and either or y, a contradiction to Proposition 2.2 (v). Therefore, T 1 is a (D 1)-path. 24

25 If the path T 1 is a (D 1)-path then there are two new 2D-cycles containing w 1, different from D 1 or D 2, such that one contains, and the other contains y. Therefore, as before, vertices and y are both of Type (v), and are saturated. We consider again the aforementioned vertices z, z 1, p and q, and the paths R 1 = z 1 p and q p. In this case z 1 does not belong to any of the cycles involving or y. As a result, we obtain a new 2D-cycle containing z 1 and either or y, a contradiction. Thus, Q 1 is a (D 1)-path and so is T 1. By analogy, if the paths Q 1 and T 1 are (D 1)-paths then there are four new 2D-cycles such that two of them contain, and the other two contain y. Therefore, and y cannot be contained in any additional short cycle. However, we can again use the vertices z, z 1, p and q, and the paths R 1 = z 1 p and q p to find a further 2D-cycle containing z 1 and either or y, contradicting Proposition 2.2 (v). Corollary 4.1 A (3, D, 4)-graph, D 5, does not contain a verte of Type (iv) or (v). Proposition 4.2 A (3, D, 4)-graph, D 5, does not contain a verte of Type (vi). Proof. Let be a verte of Γ. Then is a verte of Type (vi). Let D 1 be one of the 2D-cycles on which lies, and y 1 the verte in D 1 at distance D from. Furthermore, we denote by w 2 the neighbor of not contained in D 1. In this case, by the Intersection Lemma, mapping the verte to α, w 2 to α 1, y 1 to β, and mapping the 2D-cycle D 1 to D 1 (w 2 belongs to no (2D 1)-cycle), we see that there eists another 2D-cycle containing and w 2, say D 2, such that the intersection of D 1 and D 2 is a path of length D 1. We prove this proposition by reasoning in the same way as in the proof of Proposition 4.1. Let u and w be the vertices in D 1 D 2 and in D 2 D 1, respectively, at distance 2 from. Let v be the verte in D 1 D 2 such that d(u, v) = d(w, v) = D. Let v 3 be the verte in D 1 D 2 at distance D 1 from. Finally, let the vertices u 1, u 2, u 3, v 1, v 2, w 1, w 3 and y 2 be as in Figure

26 u 1 u 2 u u 3 D 1 w 2 D 2 w w 1 w 3 v 2 v v 1 v 3 y 1 y 2 Figure 15: Auiliary figure for Proposition 4.2. Consider a path P 1 = u 1 v. Then P 1 does not go through u, v 2 or v 3, otherwise there would eist a cycle of length at most 2D 1 in Γ. Therefore, P 1 goes through v 1. If P 1 was a (D 1)- path then both u and v would be branch vertices of a Θ D, contradicting Proposition 4.1. As a result, P 1 is a D-path. Let r u and s v be the neighbors of u 1 and v 1, respectively, that do not belong to P 1. A path P 2 = r v does not pass through v 1, otherwise there would eist a cycle of length at most 2D 1 in Γ. Then P 2 intersects D 1 at v and either v 2 or v 3, and should be a D-path, otherwise there would eist a cycle of length at most 2D 1 in Γ. Analogously, a path P 3 = s u is a D-path, and intersects D 1 at u and either u 2 or u 3. Note that the paths P 2 and P 3 form part of two 2D-cycles, denoted by D 3 and D 4, which contain either or v 3. The cycle D 3 is either uu 3 D 1 y 1 v 3 y 2 P 2 ru 1 u or uu 2 D 1 v 2 P 2 ru 1 u, while the cycle D 4 is either u 2 D 1 v 2 vv 1 sp 3 u 2 or u 3 D 1 y 1 v 3 vv 1 sp 3 u 3. Note that the cycles D 3 and D 4 do not contain w 1, w 2 or w 3. Consider a path T 1 = w 1 v. By following the same reasoning as in the case of the paths P 1, P 3 and P 3, we obtain that T 1 passes through v 1, that T 1 is a D-path and that there are two further 2D-cycles, say, D 5 and D 6, containing either or v 3. In this case the vertices and v 3 are saturated. 26

27 Since D 5, we can find another verte in D 1 D 2, say z, different from u 2, u, u 3 or y 1. Let p be the verte in D 1 D 2 such that d(z, p) = D, and z 1 the neighbor of z that does not belong to D 1. Note that z 1 does not belong to D 3, D 4, D 5 or D 6. Then, by considering the paths R 1 = z 1 p and q p, where q z is the neighbor of z 1 not contained in R 1, we obtain a new 2D-cycle containing z 1 and either or v 3, a contradiction to Proposition 2.2 (vi). Thus in a (3, D, 4)-graph with D 5 there eists no verte of Type (vi), and the proposition follows. Combining the results of Theorem 3.1, Corollary 4.1 and Proposition 4.2, we obtain the main result of this paper (Theorem 4.1), thus completing the catalogue of (3, D, 4)-graphs with D 2. Theorem 4.1 For D 5 there are no (3, D, 4)-graphs. 5 Conclusions In this paper, by proving the non-eistence of (3, D, 4)-graphs with D 5, we have completed the census of (3, D, 4)-graphs with D 2 and ɛ 4, which is summarized below. Catalogue of (3, D, 0)-graphs with D 2. With the eceptions of the complete graph on 4 vertices and the Petersen graph, there is no cubic Moore graph. Catalogue of (3, D, 2)-graphs with D 2. There are only three non-isomorphic (3, D, 2)- graphs with D 2; all shown in Figure 1. Catalogue of (3, D, 4)-graphs with D 2. For diameter 2 there eist two regular (graphs (a) and (b) in Figure 2) and three non-regular (3, 2, 4)-graphs (graphs (c), (d) and (e) in Figure 2). When the diameter is 3, there is a unique (3, 3, 4)-graph; see Figure 3. The results of this paper, combined with [11], assert that there are no (3, D, 4)-graphs with D 4. 27

28 Contribution to the degree/diameter problem Our result also improves the upper bound on N 3,D, D 5, implying that any maimal graph of maimum degree 3 and diameter D 5 must have order at most M 3,D 6. 6 Acknowledgements The authors would like to thank the anonymous referees for their very helpful comments. References [1] E. Bannai, T. Ito, On finite Moore graphs, Journal of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Tokyo 20 (1973) [2] J. C. Bermond, C. Delorme, G. Farhi, Large graphs with given degree and diameter II, Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series B 36 (1) (1984) 32 48, doi: / (84) [3] N. L. Biggs, Algebraic Graph Theory, 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, [4] D. Buset, Maimal cubic graphs with diameter 4, Discrete Applied Mathematics 101 (1-3) (2000) 53 61, doi: /s x(99) [5] R. M. Damerell, On Moore graphs, Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society 74 (1973) [6] R. Diestel, Graph Theory, vol. 173 of Graduate Tets in Mathematics, 3rd ed., Springer- Verlag, New York, [7] K. W. Doty, New designs for dense processor interconnection networks, IEEE Transactions on Computers C-33 (5) (1984)

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