Equilateral L-Contact Graphs

  • Steven Chaplick
  • Stephen G. Kobourov
  • Torsten Ueckerdt
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8165)

Abstract

We consider L-graphs, that is contact graphs of axis-aligned L-shapes in the plane, all with the same rotation. We provide several characterizations of L-graphs, drawing connections to Schnyder realizers and canonical orders of maximally planar graphs. We show that every contact system of L’s can always be converted to an equivalent one with equilateral L’s. This can be used to show a stronger version of a result of Thomassen, namely, that every planar graph can be represented as a contact system of square-based cuboids.

We also study a slightly more restricted version of equilateral L-contact systems and show that these are equivalent to homothetic triangle contact representations of maximally planar graphs. We believe that this new interpretation of the problem might allow for efficient algorithms to find homothetic triangle contact representations, that do not use Schramm’s monster packing theorem.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Chaplick
    • 1
  • Stephen G. Kobourov
    • 2
  • Torsten Ueckerdt
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. Applied MathematicsCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  3. 3.Dept. of MathematicsKarlsruhe Istitute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany

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