New Infinite Families of Almost-Planar Crossing-Critical Graphs

Petr Hliněný

Abstract


We show that, for all choices of integers $k>2$ and $m$, there are simple $3$-connected $k$-crossing-critical graphs containing more than $m$ vertices of each even degree $\leq2k-2$. This construction answers one half of a question raised by Bokal, while the other half asking analogously about vertices of odd degrees at least $7$ in crossing-critical graphs remains open. Furthermore, our newly constructed graphs have several other interesting properties; for instance, they are almost planar and their average degree can attain any rational value in the interval $\big[3+{1\over5},6-{8\over k+1}\big)$.


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