Embedding Cycles in Finite Planes
Keywords: Graph embeddings, finite affine plane, finite projective plane, cycle, hamiltonian, pancyclic graph
AbstractWe define and study embeddings of cycles in finite affine and projective planes. We show that for all $k$, $3\le k\le q^2$, a $k$-cycle can be embedded in any affine plane of order $q$. We also prove a similar result for finite projective planes: for all $k$, $3\le k\le q^2+q+1$, a $k$-cycle can be embedded in any projective plane of order $q$.