Vietnam Journal of Mathematics

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 465–505 | Cite as

The Completion of a Classification for Maximal Nonhamiltonian Burkard–Hammer Graphs

  • Ngo Dac TanEmail author


A graph G=(V,E) is called a split graph if there exists a partition V=IK such that the subgraphs G[I] and G[K] of G induced by I and K are empty and complete graphs, respectively. Burkard and Hammer gave a necessary condition for a split graph G with |I|<|K| to be Hamiltonian (J. Comb. Theory, Ser. B 28:245–248, 1980). We will call a split graph G with |I|<|K| satisfying this condition a Burkard–Hammer graph. Further, a split graph G is called a maximal nonhamiltonian split graph if G is nonhamiltonian but G+uv is Hamiltonian for every \(uv\not\in E\), where uI and vK. N.D. Tan and L.X. Hung have classified maximal nonhamiltonian Burkard–Hammer graphs G with minimum degree δ(G)≥|I|−3. Recently, N.D. Tan and Iamjaroen have classified maximal nonhamiltonian Burkard–Hammer graphs with |I|≠6,7 and δ(G)=|I|−4. In this paper, we complete the classification of maximal nonhamiltonian Burkard–Hammer graphs with δ(G)=|I|−4 by finding all such graphs for the case |I|=6,7.


Split graph Burkard–Hammer condition Burkard–Hammer graph Hamiltonian graph Maximal nonhamiltonian split graph 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

05C45 05C75 



I would like to express my sincere thanks to the referee for his valuable remarks which helped me to improve the paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of MathematicsVietnam Academy of Science and TechnologyHanoiVietnam

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