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Vertex-disjoint directed cycles of prescribed length in tournaments with given minimum out-degree

Research paper by Maoqun Wang, Weihua Yang

Indexed on: 06 Jun '17Published on: 06 Jun '17Published in: arXiv - Mathematics - Combinatorics



Abstract

The Bermond-Thomassen conjecture states that, for any positive integer $r$, a digraph of minimum out-degree at least $2r-1$ contains at least $r$ vertex-disjoint directed cycles. In 2014, Bang-Jensen, Bessy and Thomass\' e proved the conjecture for tournaments. In 2010, Lichiardopol conjectured that a tournament $T$ with minimum out-degree at least $(q-1)r-1$ contains at least $r$ vertex-disjoint $q$-cycles, where integer $q\geq3$ and $r\geq1$. In this paper, we address Lichiardopol's conjecture affirmatively. In particular, the case $q=3$ implies Bermond-Thomassen conjecture for tournaments.