Godsil-McKay switching and isomorphism

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Aida Abiad
Andries E. Brouwer
Willem H. Haemers


Godsil-McKay switching is an operation on graphs that doesnât change the spectrum of the adjacency matrix. Usually (but not always) the obtained graph is non-isomorphic with the original graph. We present a straightforward sufficient condition for being isomorphic after switching, and give examples which show that this condition is not necessary. For some graph products we obtain sufficient conditions for being non-isomorphic after switching. As an example we find that the tensor product of the grid L(â,m) (â > m>2) and a graph with at least one vertex of degree two is not determined by its adjacency spectrum.

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