Tue, 07 Nov 2023
16:00 - 17:00
Harriet Walsh
University of Angers

I will talk about a family of measures on partitions (specifically, a case of Okounkov's Schur measures) which are in one-to-one correspondence with models of random unitary matrices and lattice fermions. Under these measures, as the expected size of a partition goes to infinity, the first part of a random partition generically exhibits the same universal asymptotic fluctuations as the largest eigenvalue of a GUE random Hermitian matrix. First, I'll describe how we can tune these measures to exhibit new edge fluctuations at a smaller scale, which naturally generalise the GUE edge behaviour. These new fluctuations are universal, having previously been found for trapped fermions, and when a measure is tuned to have them, the corresponding unitary matrix model is "multicritical". Then, I'll describe how our measures can escape these more general universality classes, when tuned to have several cuts in a certain "Fermi sea". In this case, the breakdown in universality arises from an oscillation phenomenon previously observed in multi-cut Hermitian matrix models. Moreover, we have a one-to-one correspondence with multi-cut unitary matrix models. This is partly based on joint work with Dan Betea and Jérémie Bouttier. 

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