Local Finiteness, Distinguishing Numbers, and Tucker's Conjecture

Florian Lehner, Rögnvaldur G. Möller


A distinguishing colouring of a graph is a colouring of the vertex set such that no non-trivial automorphism preserves the colouring. Tucker conjectured that if every non-trivial automorphism of a locally finite graph moves infinitely many vertices, then there is a distinguishing 2-colouring. We show that the requirement of local finiteness is necessary by giving a non-locally finite graph for which no finite number of colours suffices.


Distinguishing number; Infinite Graphs

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