Path-fan Ramsey numbers

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For two given graphs $F$ and $H$, the Ramsey number $R(F,H)$ is the smallest positive integer $p$ such that for every graph $G$ on $p$ vertices the following holds: either $G$ contains $F$ as a subgraph or the complement of $G$ contains $H$ as a subgraph. In this paper, we study the Ramsey numbers $R(P_n,F_m)$, where $P_n$ is a path on $n$ vertices and $F_m$ is the graph obtained from $m$ disjoint triangles by identifying precisely one vertex of every triangle ($F_m$ is the join of $K_1$ and $mK_2$). We determine the exact values of $R(P_n,F_m)$ for the following values of $n$ and $m$: $1\le n\le 5$ and $m \ge 2$; $n \ge 6$ and $2\le m \le (n+1)/2$; $6\le n\le 7$ and $m \ge n-1$; $n\ge 8$ and $n-1\le m\le n$ or $((q\cdot n-2q+1)/2\le m \le (q\cdot n-q+2)/2$ with $3\le q\le n-5)$ or $m\ge (n-3)^2/2$; odd $n\ge 9$ and $((q\cdot n-3q+1)/2 \le m\le (q\cdot n-2q)/2$ with $3\le q\le (n-3)/2)$ or $((q\cdot n-q-n+4)/2 \le m\le (q\cdot n-2q)/2$ with $(n-1)/2\le q\le n-5)$. Moreover, we give nontrivial lower bounds and upper bounds for $R(P_n,F_m)$ for the other values of $m$ and $n$.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1429-1436
Number of pages8
JournalDiscrete applied mathematics
Issue number06EX1521/9
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006


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