Professor Brian Rider


University of Colorado


Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 11:00am


RH 306

The beta ensembles of random matrix theory are natural generalizations of the Gaussian Orthogonal, Unitary, and Symplectic Ensembles, these classical cases corresponding to beta = 1, 2, and 4. We prove that the extremal eigenvalues for the general ensembles have limit laws described by the low lying spectrum of certain raandom Schroedinger operators, as conjectured by Edelman-Sutton. As a corollary, a second characterization of these laws is made the explosion probability of a simple one-dimensional diffusion. A complementary pictures is developed for beta versions of random sample-covariance matrices. (Based on work with J. Ramirez and B. Virag.)