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Journal of the American Mathematical Society
ISSN 1088-6834(online) ISSN 0894-0347(print)


Diameters and eigenvalues

Author: F. R. K. Chung
Journal: J. Amer. Math. Soc. 2 (1989), 187-196
MSC: Primary 05C50; Secondary 05C38
MathSciNet review: 965008
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Abstract: We derive a new upper bound for the diameter of a $ k$-regular graph $ G$ as a function of the eigenvalues of the adjacency matrix. Namely, suppose the adjacency matrix of $ G$ has eigenvalues $ {\lambda _1},{\lambda _2}, \ldots ,{\lambda _n}$ with $ \left\vert {{\lambda _1}} \right\vert \geq \left\vert {{\lambda _2}} \right\vert \geq \cdots \geq \left\vert {{\lambda _n}} \right\vert$ where $ {\lambda _1} = k$, $ \lambda = \left\vert {{\lambda _2}} \right\vert$. Then the diameter $ D(G)$ must satisfy

$\displaystyle D(G) \leq \left\lceil {\log (n - 1)/{\text{log}}(k/\lambda )} \right\rceil $


We will consider families of graphs whose eigenvalues can be explicitly determined. These graphs are determined by sums or differences of vertex labels. Namely, the pair $ \left\{ {i,j} \right\}$ being an edge depends only on the value $ i + j$ (or $ i - j$ for directed graphs). We will show that these graphs are expander graphs with small diameters by using an inequality on character sums, which was recently proved by N. M. Katz.

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PII: S 0894-0347(1989)0965008-X
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