The distinguishing index of connected graphs without pendant edges

Wilfried Imrich, Rafał Kalinowski, Monika Pilśniak, Mariusz Woźniak


We consider edge colourings, not necessarily proper. The distinguishing index D′(G) of a graph G is the least number of colours in an edge colouring that is preserved only by the identity automorphism. It is known that D′(G) ≤ Δ for every countable, connected graph G with finite maximum degree Δ except for three small cycles. We prove that $D'(G)\leq \lceil\sqrt{\Delta}\rceil+1$ if additionally G does not have pendant edges.


Symmetry breaking in graphs, distinguishing index, Nordhaus-Gaddum type inequalities, Lovász Conjecture

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