Double-Critical Graphs and Complete Minors

  • Ken-ichi Kawarabayashi
  • Anders Sune Pedersen
  • Bjarne Toft


A connected $k$-chromatic graph $G$ is double-critical if for all edges $uv$ of $G$ the graph $G - u - v$ is $(k-2)$-colourable. The only known double-critical $k$-chromatic graph is the complete $k$-graph $K_k$. The conjecture that there are no other double-critical graphs is a special case of a conjecture from 1966, due to Erdős and Lovász. The conjecture has been verified for $k$ at most $5$. We prove for $k=6$ and $k=7$ that any non-complete double-critical $k$-chromatic graph is $6$-connected and contains a complete $k$-graph as a minor.

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