The Ramsey number of the clique and the hypercube

12 November 2013
Simon Griffiths
The Ramsey number $R(K_s, Q_n)$ is the smallest integer $N$ such that every red-blue colouring of the edges of the complete graph $K_N$ contains either a red $n$-dimensional hypercube, or a blue clique on $s$ vertices. Note that $N=(s-1)(2^n -1)$ is not large enough, since we may colour in red $(s-1)$ disjoint cliques of cardinality $2^N -1$ and colour the remaining edges blue. In 1983, Burr and Erdos conjectured that this example was the best possible, i.e., that $R(K_s, Q_n) = (s-1)(2^n -1) + 1$ for every positive integer $s$ and sufficiently large $n$. In a recent breakthrough, Conlon, Fox, Lee and Sudakov proved the conjecture up to a multiplicative constant for each $s$. In this talk we shall sketch the proof of the conjecture and discuss some related problems. (Based on joint work with Gonzalo Fiz Pontiveros, Robert Morris, David Saxton and Jozef Skokan)
  • Combinatorial Theory Seminar