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Journal of Mathematical Chemistry

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 207-238

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Understanding the properties of isospectral points and pairs in graphs: The concept of orthogonal relation

  • Christoph RückerAffiliated withInstitut für Organische Chemie und Biochemie, Universität Freiburg
  • , Gerta RückerAffiliated withInstitut für Organische Chemie und Biochemie, Universität Freiburg

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Abstract

The mathematical property “orthogonal relationship” is used in proving the fact that isospectrality, isocodality and isocoefficiency of vertices within a graph are all equivalent. The same is true for isospectrality, “strict isocodality” and “strict isocoefficiency” of pairs (including edges) within a graph, whereas the “weak” versions of the latter properties are necessary but not sufficient for isospectrality of pairs. Similarly, necessary and sufficient conditions for isospectrality of vertices and pairs in different graphs are derived. In all these proofs, the concept of “orthogonal relation” plays a major role in that it allows the use of tools of elementary linear algebra.