# Restricted Frame Graphs and a Conjecture of Scott

Keywords:
Graph theory, Chromatic number, Subdivisions, Chi-boundedness, Scott's conjecture, Intersection graphs

### Abstract

Scott proved in 1997 that for any tree $T$, every graph with bounded clique number which does not contain any subdivision of $T$ as an induced subgraph has bounded chromatic number. Scott also conjectured that the same should hold if $T$ is replaced by any graph $H$. Pawlik*et al.*recently constructed a family of triangle-free intersection graphs of segments in the plane with unbounded chromatic number (thereby disproving an old conjecture of Erdős). This shows that Scott's conjecture is false whenever $H$ is obtained from a non-planar graph by subdividing every edge at least once.

It remains interesting to decide which graphs $H$ satisfy Scott's conjecture and which do not. In this paper, we study the construction of Pawlik

*et al.*in more details to extract more counterexamples to Scott's conjecture. For example, we show that Scott's conjecture is false for any graph obtained from $K_4$ by subdividing every edge at least once. We also prove that if $G$ is a 2-connected multigraph with no vertex contained in every cycle of $G$, then any graph obtained from $G$ by subdividing every edge at least twice is a counterexample to Scott's conjecture.