nowhere-zero flows

Circular flow numbers of $r$-graphs ★★

Author(s): Steffen

A nowhere-zero $r$-flow $(D(G),\phi)$ on $G$ is an orientation $D$ of $G$ together with a function $\phi$ from the edge set of $G$ into the real numbers such that $1 \leq |\phi(e)| \leq r-1$, for all $e \in E(G)$, and $\sum_{e \in E^+(v)}\phi(e) = \sum_{e \in E^-(v)}\phi(e), \textrm{ for all } v \in V(G)$.

A $(2t+1)$-regular graph $G$ is a $(2t+1)$-graph if $|\partial_G(X)| \geq 2t+1$ for every $X \subseteq V(G)$ with $|X|$ odd.

\begin{conjecture} Let $t > 1$ be an integer. If $G$ is a $(2t+1)$-graph, then $F_c(G) \leq 2 + \frac{2}{t}$. \end{conjecture}

Keywords: flow conjectures; nowhere-zero flows

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