Short proofs of coloring theorems on planar graphs

Graph Theory Seminar
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 12:05pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 005
Bernard Lidicky – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Robin Thomas
A recent lower bound on the number of edges in a k-critical n-vertex graph by Kostochka and Yancey yields a half-page proof of the celebrated Grotzsch Theorem that every planar triangle-free graph is 3-colorable. We use the same bound to give short proofs of other known theorems on 3-coloring of planar graphs, among whose is the Grunbaum-Aksenov Theorem that every planar with at most three triangles is 3-colorable. We also prove the new result that every graph obtained from a triangle-free planar graph by adding a vertex of degree at most four is 3-colorable. Joint work with O. Borodin, A. Kostochka and M. Yancey.