Title: Proof of the Clustered Hadwiger Conjecture
|Affiliation:||University of Ottawa|
Abstract: Hadwiger's Conjecture asserts that every Kh-minor-free graph is properly (h-1)-colourable. We prove the following improper analogue of Hadwiger's Conjecture: for fixed h, every Kh-minor-free graph is (h-1)-colourable with monochromatic components of bounded size.The number of colours is best possible regardless of the size of monochromatic components. It solves an open problem of Edwards, Kang, Kim, Oum and Seymour [SIAM J. Disc. Math. 2015], and concludes a line of research initiated in 2007. Similarly, for fixed t ⩾ s, we show that every Ks,t-minor-free graph is (s+1)-colourable with monochromatic components of bounded size. The number of colours is best possible, solving an open problem of van de Heuvel and Wood [J. London Math. Soc. 2018]. We actually prove a single theorem from which both of the above results are immediate corollaries.
This is joint work with Louis Esperet, Pat Morin and David R. Wood.