Let $G$ be a bridgeless cubic graph. I am interested in such graphs where all 2-factors are isomorphic (as graphs), i.e. have the same partition as cycle type. We'll say that this partition is *realized* by the graph.

Apart from the trivial $K_4$ and $K_{3,3}$, an example is the Petersen graph realizing $(5,5)$, as all of its 2-factors are of type $(5,5)$. We can easily derive from it a 2-connected graph with a unique 2-factor, of type $(12, 5,5)$, by taking two copies and adding the blue vertices and edges.

It is in fact straightforward to see here that both "inner pentagrams" must belong to any 2-factor.

In view of this kind of construction, it doesn't seem of high interest to ask which partitions can be realized by 2-connected graphs. But it is much more interesting to look at 3-connected graphs.

It is not at all obvious for instance that there are 3-connected graphs which have Hamilton cycles as their only 2-factors. The following construction gives one for $n=26$:

In the Petersen graph $P$, there are triples of edges with pairwise distance $3$. If we add vertices $a,b,c$ on each of the edges of such a triple (see picture), now take a second instance of this graph and add three edges $aa',bb',cc'$, we'll come up with a 3-connected graph $G$ whose only 2-factors are H-cycles, i.e. it realizes the partition $(26)$. This is because $a,b,c$ cannot be all contained in a 2-factor of $P$, so there must be two of $aa',bb',cc'$ contained in any 2-factor of $G$, and from there it is easy to check that such a 2-factor cannot contain a $C_5$ of $P$, i.e. it must pass through all vertices.

**EDIT**: We can realize other types $(n)$ by replacing $P'$ by certain other graphs:

- $n=14$ by just adding one vertex at which $a',b',c'$ concur.
- $n=16$ by using instead a $K_3$ with vertices $a',b',c'$
- $n=20$ by using a $K_4$ with $a',b',c'$ added on the edges of one of its triangles
*${n=22}$ by using a $K_{3,3}$ with $a',b',c'$ added on the edges of one of its 1-factors*[edited again - this one isn't hamiltonian, but has all its 2-factors of type $(17,5)$]- for $n=36$ we can realize type $(n)$ as follows: start with two copies $P$ and $P'$ as above, join the three outgoing edges of $P$ (call them "blue edges") to the blue vertices and the three outgoing edges of $P'$ (call them "red edges") to the red vertices of this graph:

As above, any 2-factor of $G$ must contain exactly two of the red edges, and it is clear that there cannot be a smaller cycle in it, by checking all paths between two red vertices. On the other hand, several H-cycles obviously exist. - Replacing the central vertex by a small triangle doesn't change anything in terms of 2-factors, so the new graph realizes the partition (38). In fact, it looks like many (or, to be cautious, let's say several) graphs can be inscribed here instead, as long as they have a H-path between some two of the three 'corners', and as no other path exists between any two 'corners' such that the (graph induced on the) remaining vertices have a 2-factor. Believe it or not... inserting
*another*Petersen graph here (with the three outgoing edges as above) would do $\implies$ a graph for $ n=48$ !

The general question:

- Which partitions (= types) can be realized by 3-connected graphs?
- Are there constructions that yield infinite families of such graphs (e.g. Hamiltonian graphs like the above one) ?