School of Mathematics

Characteristic Polynomials of the Hermitian Wigner and Sample Covariance Matrices

Tatyana Shcherbina
Institute for Low Temperature Physics, Kharkov
November 1, 2011

We consider asymptotics of the correlation functions of characteristic polynomials of the hermitian Wigner matrices $H_n=n^{-1/2}W_n$ and the hermitian sample covariance matrices $X_n=n^{-1}A_{m,n}^*A_{m,n}$. We use the integration over the Grassmann variables to obtain a convenient integral representation.

C^0 Limits of Hamiltonian Paths and Spectral Invariants

Sobhan Seyfaddini
University of California at Berkeley
October 28, 2011

After reviewing spectral invariants, I will write down an estimate, which under certain assumptions, relates the spectral invariants of a Hamiltonian to the C0-distance of its flow from the identity. I will also show that, unlike the Hofer norm, the spectral norm is C0-continuous on surfaces. Time permitting, I will present an application to the study of area preserving disk maps.