Nuclear physics, random matrices and zeros of L-functions

School of Mathematics Colloquium
Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 11:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
University of Ottawa
While the fields named in the title seem unrelated, there is a strong link between them. This amazing connection came to life during a meeting between Freeman Dyson and Hugh Montgomery at the Institute for Advanced Study. Random matrices are now known to predict many number theoretical statistics, such as moments, low-lying zeros and correlations between zeros. The goal of this talk is to discuss this connection, focusing on number theory. We will cover both basic facts about the zeta functions and recent developments in this active area of research.