Cube-free resonance graphs

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Let G be a plane elementary bipartite graph with more than two vertices. Then its resonance graph Z(G) is a median graph and the set M(G) of all perfect matchings of G with a specific partial order is a finite distributive lattice. In this paper, we prove that Z(G) is cube-free if and only if it can be obtained from an edge by a sequence of convex path expansions with respect to a reducible face decomposition of G. As a corollary, a structure characterization is provided for G whose Z(G) is cube-free. Furthermore, Z(G) is cube-free if and only if the Clar number of G is at most two, and sharp lower bounds on the number of perfect matchings of G can be expressed by the number of finite faces of G and the number of Clar formulas of G. It is known that a cube-free median graph is not necessarily planar. Using the lattice structure on M(G), we show that Z(G) is cube-free if and only if Z(G) is planar if and only if M(G) is an irreducible sublattice of m×n. We raise a question on how to characterize irreducible sublattices of m×n that are M(G).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-268
Number of pages7
JournalDiscrete Applied Mathematics
StatePublished - Sep 30 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Applied Mathematics


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