## Abstract

Let G be a finite connected graph, and let ρ be the spectral radius of its universal cover. For example, if G is k-regular then ρ=2k−1. We show that for every r, there is an r-covering (a.k.a. an r-lift) of G where all the new eigenvalues are bounded from above by ρ. It follows that a bipartite Ramanujan graph has a Ramanujan r-covering for every r. This generalizes the r=2 case due to Marcus, Spielman and Srivastava [26]. Every r-covering of G corresponds to a labeling of the edges of G by elements of the symmetric group S_{r}. We generalize this notion to labeling the edges by elements of various groups and present a broader scenario where Ramanujan coverings are guaranteed to exist. In particular, this shows the existence of richer families of bipartite Ramanujan graphs than was known before. Inspired by [26], a crucial component of our proof is the existence of interlacing families of polynomials for complex reflection groups. The core argument of this component is taken from [27]. Another important ingredient of our proof is a new generalization of the matching polynomial of a graph. We define the r-th matching polynomial of G to be the average matching polynomial of all r-coverings of G. We show this polynomial shares many properties with the original matching polynomial. For example, it is real rooted with all its roots inside [−ρ,ρ].

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 367-410 |

Number of pages | 44 |

Journal | Advances in Mathematics |

Volume | 323 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Jan 7 2018 |

## All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- General Mathematics

## Keywords

- Expander graphs
- Interlacing polynomials
- Matching polynomial
- Ramanujan graphs