Cospectral graphs, also called isospectral graphs, are graphs that share the same graph spectrum. The smallest pair of isospectral
graphs is the graph union and star graph , illustrated above, both of which
have graph spectrum (Skiena 1990, p. 85). The first example was found
by Collatz and Sinogowitz (1957) (Biggs 1993, p. 12). Many examples are given
in Cvetkovic et al. (1998, pp. 156-161) and Rücker et al. (2002).
The smallest pair of cospectral graphs is the graph union and star
graph ,
illustrated above, both of which have graph spectrum (Skiena 1990, p. 85).

The following table summarizes some prominent named cospectral graphs.

Determining which graphs are uniquely determined by their spectra is in general a very hard problem. Only a small fraction of
graphs are known to be so determined, but it is conceivable that almost all
graphs have this property (van Dam and Haemers 2003).

The total number of -node
simple graphs that are isospectral to at least one other graph on nodes for , 2, ... are 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 6, 110, 1722, 51039, ... (OEIS
A099883). The numbers of pairs of isospectral
simple graphs (excluding pairs that are parts of triples, etc.) are 0, 0, 0, 0, 1,
5, 52, 771, 21025, ... (OEIS A099881). Similarly,
the numbers of triples of isospectral graphs (excluding triples that are parts of
quadruples, etc.) are 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 52, 2015, ... (OEIS A099882).

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