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Vol. CXXXI, No. 30, pp. 93–99 (2005)

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On the spectral radius of bicyclic graphs

M. Petrovic, I. Gutman and Shu-Guang Guo

Faculty of Science, University of Kragujevac, P. O. Box 60, 34000 Kragujevac, Serbia and Montenegro
Department of Mathematics, Yancheng Teachers College, Yancheng 224002, Jiangsu, P. R. China

Abstract: Let $K_3$ and $K_3'$ be two complete graphs of order 3 with disjoint vertex sets. Let $B_n^{\ast}(0)$ be the 5-vertex graph, obtained by identifying a vertex of $K_3$ with a vertex of $K_3'$ . Let $B_n^{\ast\ast}(0)$ be the 4-vertex graph, obtained by identifying two vertices of $K_3$ each with a vertex of $K_3'$ . Let $B_n^{\ast}(k)$ be graph of order $n$ , obtained by attaching $k$ paths of almost equal length to the vertex of degree 4 of $B_n^{\ast}(0)$ . Let $B_n^{\ast\ast}(k)$ be the graph of order $n$ , obtained by attaching $k$ paths of almost equal length to a vertex of degree 3 of $B_n^{\ast\ast}(0)$ . Let ${\cal B}_n(k)$ be the set of all connected bicyclic graphs of order $n$ , possessing $k$ pendent vertices. One of the authors recently proved that among the elements of ${\cal B}_n(k)$ , either $B_n^{\ast}(k)$ or $B_n^{\ast\ast}(k)$ have the greatest spectral radius. We now show that for $k \geq 1$ and $n \geq k+5$ , among the elements of ${\cal B}_n(k)$ , the graph $B_n^{\ast}(k)$ has the greatest spectral radius.

Keywords: spectrum (of graph), spectral radius (of graph), bicyclic graphs, extremal graphs

Classification (MSC2000): 05C50, 05C35

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