Mathematics Colloquium

Random Matrices: The Universality Phenomenon for Non-Hermitian Random Matrices

Speaker: Van Vu, Yale

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1302

Date: Monday, April 8, 2013, 3:45 p.m.


The study of the universality phenomenon for random hermitian matrices witnessed important progresses in the last 10 years.

However, relatively little has been known in the non-hermitian case, which has extra difficulties. For example, the universality of the global law -the circular law conjecture (which is the non-hermitian analogue of Wigner semi-circle law)- had been attacked for several decades and was completely solved only few years 

In this talk, we present a very recent universality result for local laws (correlation functions) of eigenvalues of non-hermitian random matrices. As an application, we determine the number of real eigenvalues of a random matrix with iid (non-gaussian) real entries.

If time allows, we will discuss several open questions.

(Joint work with Terence Tao.)