Professor Pietro Caputo


Universit Roma Tre


Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 11:00am


RH 306

We consider random matrices associated to random walks on the complete
graph with random weights. When the weights have finite second moment we
find Wigner-like behavior for the empirical spectral density. If the
weights have finite fourth moment we prove convergence of extremal
eigenvalues to the edge of the semi-circle law. The case of weights with
infinite second moment is also considered. In this case we prove
convergence of the spectral density on a suitable scale and the limiting
measure is characterized in terms certain Poisson weighted infinite
trees associated to the starting graph. Connections with recent work on
random matrices with i.i.d. heavy-tailed entries and several open
problems are also discussed. This is recent work in collaboration with
D. Chafai and C. Bordenave (from Univ. P.Sabatier, Toulouse - France).