Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Full metadata record
DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorJackson, Penelope S-
dc.description.abstractLet μ be an eigenvalue of the graph G with multiplicity k. A star set corresponding to μ in G is a subset of V(G) such that [x] = k and μ is not an eigenvalue of G - X. It is always the case that the vertex set of G can be partitioned into star sets corresponding to the distinct eigenvalues of G. Such a partition is called a star partition. We give some examples of star partitions and investigate the dominating properties of the set V (G) \ X when μ ε {-I, a}. The induced subgraph H = G - X is called a star complement for μ in G. The Reconstruction Theorem states that for a given eigenvalue μ of G, knowledge of a star complement corresponding to μ, together with knowledge of the edge set between X and its complement X, is sufficient to reconstruct G. Pursuant to this we explore the idea that the adjacencies of pairs of vertices in X is determined by the relationship between the H-neighbourhoods of these vertices. We give some new examples of cubic graphs in this context. For a given star complement H the range of possible values for the corresponding eigenvalue μ is constrained by the condition that μ must be a simple eigenvalue of some one-vertex extension of H, and a double eigenvalue of some two-vertex extension of H. We apply the Reconstruction Theorem to the generic form of a two-vertex extension of H, thereby obtaining sufficient information to construct a graph containing H as a star complement for one of the possible eigenvalues. We give examples of graph characterizations arising in the case where the star complement is (to within isolated vertices) a complete bipartite graph.en_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Stirlingen_GB
dc.subject.lcshGraph theoryen_GB
dc.titleStar sets and related aspects of algebraic graph theoryen_GB
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_GB
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophyen_GB
Appears in Collections:Computing Science and Mathematics eTheses

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Jackson-thesis.pdf4.2 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.