Bounds for the pebbling number of product graphs

Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002, Thailand


Let $G$ be a connected graph. Given a configuration of a fixed number of pebbles on the vertex set of $G$, a pebbling move on $G$ is the process of removing two pebbles from a vertex and adding one pebble on an adjacent vertex. The pebbling number of $G$, denoted by $\pi(G)$, is defined to be the least number of pebbles to guarantee that there is a sequence of pebbling movement that places at least one pebble on each vertex $v$, for any configuration of pebbles on $G$. In this paper, we improve the upper bound of $\pi(G\square H)$ from $2\pi(G)\pi(H)$ to $\left(2-\frac{1}{\min\{\pi(G),\pi(H)\}}\right)\pi(G)\pi(H)$ where $\pi(G)$, $\pi(H)$ and $\pi(G\square H)$ are the pebbling number of graphs $G$, $H$ and the Cartesian product graph $G\square H$, respectively. Moreover, we also discuss such bound for strong product graphs, cross product graphs and coronas.


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