Dating back to the 1930's, Ramsey theory still intrigues many who study combinatorics. Roughly put, it makes the profound assertion that complete disorder is impossible. One view of this problem is in edge-colorings of complete graphs. For forbidden graphs H1,...,Hk and a graph G, we write G "arrows" (H1,...,Hk) if every k-edge-coloring of G contains a monochromatic copy of Hi in color i for some i=1,2,...,k. If c is a (red, blue)-edge-coloring of G, we say c is a bad coloring if G contains no red K3or blue K1,t under c. A graph G is (H1,...,Hk)-Ramsey-minimal if G arrows (H1,...,Hk) but no proper subgraph of G has this property. Given a family F of graphs, we say that a graph G is F-saturated if no member of F is a subgraph of G, but for any edge xy not in E(G), G + xy contains a member of F as a subgraph. Letting Rmin(K3, K1,t) be the family of (K3,K1,t)-Ramsey minimal graphs, we study the saturation number, denoted sat(n,Rmin(K3,K1,t)), which is the minimum number of edges among all Rmin(K3,K1,t)-saturated graphs on n vertices. We believe the methods and constructions developed in this thesis will be useful in studying the saturation numbers of (K4,K1,t)-saturated graphs.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Orlando (Main) Campus
Davenport, Hunter M., "On Saturation Numbers of Ramsey-minimal Graphs" (2018). Honors in the Major Theses. 291.