# Equality in a matroidal circumference bound

**Question**Is the binary affine cube the only 3-connected matroid for which equality holds in the bound where is the circumference (i.e. largest circuit size) of ?

If is a 2-connected matroid with at least two elements then it was proved in [LO] that where is the size of the largest circuit in .

Equality can hold in this bound -- in particular the binary affine cube is an 8-element self-dual matroid with circumference 4. There are various graphic matroids for which equality holds, and these have been classified in [W] where it is shown that they are all series-parallel networks and hence not 3-connected.

This question is therefore asking whether is the sole -connected example where equality holds; this is known to be true for all matroids on up to 9 elements.

(A variant of this question would be to ask if is the only non-graphic example other than trivial modifications like replacing every element with an equally sized parallel class.)

## Bibliography

[LO] Lemos, Manoel; Oxley, James A sharp bound on the size of a connected matroid. Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 353 (2001), no. 10, 4039--4056 MathSciNet

[W] Wu, Pou-Lin Extremal graphs with prescribed circumference and cocircumference. Discrete Math. 223 (2000), no. 1-3, 299--308 MathSciNet

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