On the Resistance Matrix of a Graph

  • Jiang Zhou
  • Zhongyu Wang
  • Changjiang Bu
Keywords: Resistance distance, Resistance matrix, Laplacian matrix, Resistance-regular graph, R-eigenvalue


Let $G$ be a connected graph of order $n$. The resistance matrix of $G$ is defined as $R_G=(r_{ij}(G))_{n\times n}$, where $r_{ij}(G)$ is the resistance distance between two vertices $i$ and $j$ in $G$. Eigenvalues of $R_G$ are called R-eigenvalues of $G$. If all row sums of $R_G$ are equal, then $G$ is called resistance-regular. For any connected graph $G$, we show that $R_G$ determines the structure of $G$ up to isomorphism. Moreover, the structure of $G$ or the number of spanning trees of $G$ is determined by partial entries of $R_G$ under certain conditions. We give some characterizations of resistance-regular graphs and graphs with few distinct R-eigenvalues. For a connected regular graph $G$ with diameter at least $2$, we show that $G$ is strongly regular if and only if there exist $c_1,c_2$ such that $r_{ij}(G)=c_1$ for any adjacent vertices $i,j\in V(G)$, and $r_{ij}(G)=c_2$ for any non-adjacent vertices $i,j\in V(G)$.
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