# The two-point function of bicolored planar maps

### Éric Fusy

École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France### Emmanuel Guitter

CEA Saclay, Gif-Sur-Yvette, France

## Abstract

We compute the distance-dependent two-point function of vertex-bicolored planar maps, i.e., maps whose vertices are colored in black and white so that no adjacent vertices have the same color. By distance-dependent two-point function, we mean the generating function of these maps with both a marked oriented edge and a marked vertex which are at a prescribed distance from each other. As customary, the maps are enumerated with arbitrary degree-dependent face weights, but the novelty here is that we also introduce color-dependent vertex weights. Explicit expressions are given for vertex-bicolored maps with bounded face degrees in the form of ratios of determinants of fixed size. Our approach is based on a slice decomposition of maps which relates the distance-dependent two-point function to the coefficients of the continued fraction expansions of some distance-independent map generating functions. Special attention is paid to the case of vertex-bicolored quadrangulations and hexangulations, whose two-point functions are also obtained in a more direct way involving equivalences with hard dimer statistics. A few consequences of our results, as well as some extension to vertex-tricolored maps, are also discussed.

## Cite this article

Éric Fusy, Emmanuel Guitter, The two-point function of bicolored planar maps. Ann. Inst. Henri Poincaré Comb. Phys. Interact. 2 (2015), no. 4, pp. 335–412

DOI 10.4171/AIHPD/21