### The Spectral Gap of Random Graphs with Given Expected Degrees

#### Abstract

We investigate the Laplacian eigenvalues of a random graph $G(n,\vec d)$ with a given expected degree distribution $\vec d$. The main result is that w.h.p. $G(n,\vec d)$ has a large subgraph core$(G(n,\vec d))$ such that the spectral gap of the normalized Laplacian of core$(G(n,\vec d))$ is $\geq1-c_0\bar d_{\min}^{-1/2}$ with high probability; here $c_0>0$ is a constant, and $\bar d_{\min}$ signifies the minimum expected degree. The result in particular applies to *sparse* graphs with $\bar d_{\min}=O(1)$ as $n\rightarrow\infty$. The present paper complements the work of Chung, Lu, and Vu [Internet Mathematics **1**, 2003].