Relating the total domination number and the annihilation number of cactus graphs and block graphs
Keywords:Total domination number, annihilation number, cactus graph, block graph
The total domination number γt(G) of a graph G is the order of a smallest set D ⊆ V(G) such that each vertex of G is adjacent to some vertex in D. The annihilation number a(G) of G is the largest integer k such that there exist k different vertices in G with degree sum of at most |E(G)|. It is conjectured that γt(G) ≤ a(G) + 1 holds for every nontrivial connected graph G. The conjecture was proved for graphs with minimum degree at least 3, and remains unresolved for graphs with minimum degree 1 or 2. In this paper we establish the conjecture for cactus graphs and block graphs.