The smallest eigenvalues of Hamming, Johnson and other graphs

The smallest eigenvalues of Hamming, Johnson and other graphs

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Sebastian Cioaba, University of Delaware
Fine Hall 224

The smallest eigenvalue of a graph is closely related to other graph parameters such as the independence number, the chromatic number or the max-cut. In this talk, I will describe the well-known connections between the smallest eigenvalue and the max-cut of a graph that have motivated various researchers such as Karloff, Alon, Sudakov, Van Dam, Sotirov to investigate the smallest eigenvalue of Hamming and Johnson graphs. I will describe our proofs of a conjecture by Van Dam and Sotirov on the smallest eigenvalue of (distance-j) Hamming graphs and a conjecture by Karloff on the smallest eigenvalue of (distance-j) Johnson graphs and mention some open problems. This is joint work with Andries Brouwer, Ferdinand Ihringer and Matt McGinnis.