Summer School on The Riemann Zeta Function and Random Matrix Theory

Oberwolfach, October 15 - 21, 2000


Jon Keating (Bristol)

Zeev Rudnick (Tel Aviv)

Nina Snaith (Bristol)

The Riemann zeta function and its generalizations are among the most useful tools in Number Theory. Random Matrix Theory is a theory of the local statistics of the eigenvalues of certain ensembles of random matrices, such as the group of all N-by-N unitary matrices, in the "scaling limit" as the size of the matrices goes to infinity. It has been developed and used to model various phenomena in mathematical physics. An exciting and relatively recent development in the theory of zeta function is the realization that the imaginary parts of the zeros, when viewed on the scale of their mean separation, seem to have non-trivial statistics which are precisely those appearing in Random Matrix Theory.

The goal of this seminar is to explain what is known on the relation between zeros of the Riemann zeta function and RMT. We will give tutorials on the basics of RMT, the basic theory of the Riemann zeta function and related objects (such as Dirichlet L-functions) and their applications in number theory, and the state of the art in understanding the connections between these two theories.

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