The measurable Kesten theorem. (English) Zbl 1339.05365

Summary: We give an explicit bound on the spectral radius in terms of the densities of short cycles in finite \(d\)-regular graphs. It follows that the a finite \(d\)-regular Ramanujan graph \(G\) contains a negligible number of cycles of size less than \(c\log\log| G|\).
We prove that infinite \(d\)-regular Ramanujan unimodular random graphs are trees. Through Benjamini-Schramm convergence this leads to the following rigidity result. If most eigenvalues of a \(d\)-regular finite graph \(G\) fall in the Alon-Boppana region, then the eigenvalue distribution of \(G\) is close to the spectral measure of the \(d\)-regular tree. In particular, \(G\) contains few short cycles.
In contrast, we show that \(d\)-regular unimodular random graphs with maximal growth are not necessarily trees.


05C80 Random graphs (graph-theoretic aspects)
05C05 Trees
05C38 Paths and cycles
05C50 Graphs and linear algebra (matrices, eigenvalues, etc.)
60G50 Sums of independent random variables; random walks
82C41 Dynamics of random walks, random surfaces, lattice animals, etc. in time-dependent statistical mechanics
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