In graph theory, a panconnected graph is an undirected graph in which, for every two vertices s and t, there exist paths from s to t of every possible length from the distance d(s,t) up to n − 1, where n is the number of vertices in the graph. The concept of panconnectivity was introduced in 1975 by Yousef Alavi and James E. Williamson.
Panconnected graphs are necessarily pancyclic: if uv is an edge, then it belongs to a cycle of every possible length, and therefore the graph contains a cycle of every possible length. Panconnected graphs and are also a generalization of Hamiltonian-connected graphs (graphs that have a Hamiltonian path connecting every pair of vertices).
Several classes of graphs are known to be panconnected:
- If G has a Hamiltonian cycle, then the square of G (the graph on the same vertex set that has an edge between every two vertices whose distance in G is at most two) is panconnected.
- If G is any connected graph, then the cube of G (the graph on the same vertex set that has an edge between every two vertices whose distance in G is at most three) is panconnected.
- If every vertex in an n-vertex graph has degree at least n/2 + 1, then the graph is panconnected.
- If an n-vertex graph has at least (n − 1)(n − 2)/2 + 3 edges, then the graph is panconnected.
- Alavi, Yousef; Williamson, James E. (1975), "Panconnected graphs", Studia Scientiarum Mathematicarum Hungarica, 10 (1–2): 19–22, MR 0450125.
- Williamson, James E. (1977), "Panconnected graphs. II", Periodica Mathematica Hungarica. Journal of the János Bolyai Mathematical Society, 8 (2): 105–116, doi:10.1007/BF02018497, MR 0463037.