A Cycle of Maximum Order in a Graph of High Minimum Degree has a Chord

Daniel J. Harvey


A well-known conjecture of Thomassen states that every cycle of maximum order in a $3$-connected graph contains a chord. While many partial results towards this conjecture have been obtained, the conjecture itself remains unsolved. In this paper, we prove a stronger result without a connectivity assumption for graphs of high minimum degree, which shows Thomassen's conjecture holds in that case. This result is within a constant factor of best possible. In the process of proving this, we prove a more general result showing that large minimum degree forces a large difference between the order of the largest cycle and the order of the largest chordless cycle.


Graph theory; Cycles; Minimum degree

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