The Frucht graph
|Named after||Robert Frucht|
The Frucht graph is a Halin graph with chromatic number 3, chromatic index 3, radius 3, diameter 4 and girth 3. As with every Halin graph, the Frucht graph is planar, 3-vertex-connected, and polyhedral. It is also a 3-edge-connected graph. Its independence number is 5.
The Frucht graph is one of the two smallest cubic graphs possessing only a single graph automorphism, the identity (that is, every vertex can be distinguished topologically from every other vertex). Such graphs are called asymmetric (or identity) graphs. Frucht's theorem states that any group can be realized as the group of symmetries of a graph, and a strengthening of this theorem also due to Frucht states that any group can be realized as the symmetries of a 3-regular graph; the Frucht graph provides an example of this realization for the trivial group.
The characteristic polynomial of the Frucht graph is .
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