Generic combinatorial rigidity of periodic frameworks

Authors: Justin Malestein and Louis Theran
Journal: Advances in Mathematics, 2331291–331, 2013.
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We give a combinatorial characterization of generic minimal rigidity for planar periodic frameworks. The characterization is a true analogue of the Maxwell–Laman Theorem from rigidity theory: it is stated in terms of a finite combinatorial object and the conditions are checkable by polynomial time combinatorial algorithms.

To prove our rigidity theorem we introduce and develop periodic direction networks and \(\mathbb{Z}^2\)-graded-sparse colored graphs.