Erdoes Group

Mathematics of Disordered Quantum Systems and Matrices

How do energy levels of large quantum systems behave? What do the eigenvalues of a typical large matrix look like? Surprisingly, these two very different questions have the same answer!

Large complex systems tend to develop universal patterns that often represent their essential characteristics. A pioneering vision of Eugene Wigner was that the distribution of the gaps between energy levels of complicated quantum systems depends only on the basic symmetry of the model and is otherwise independent of the physical details. This thesis has never been rigorously proved for any realistic physical system but experimental data and extensive numerics leave no doubt as to its correctness. Erdos’ group took up the challenge to verify Wigner’s vision with full mathematical rigor as well as to understand the underlying mechanism. Starting from the simplest model, a large random matrix with independent identically distributed entries, they are now able to deal with arbitrary distributions and even matrices with correlated entries. The mathematical ideas and tools developed along the way will extend the scope of random matrix theory and are likely to be used in its many applications beyond quantum physics such as wireless communications and statistics.

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Self-consistent resolvent equation and application in random matrices | Next order correction in the form factor for Wigner matrices | Local spectral universality for random band matrices | Spectral statistics of random matrices with correlated entries | Quantum spin glasses


Virosztek D. 2019. Jointly convex quantum Jensen divergences. Linear Algebra and Its Applications. 576, 67–78. View

Sadel C, Xu D. 2019. Singular analytic linear cocycles with negative infinite Lyapunov exponents. Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems. 39(4), 1082–1098. View

Schröder DJ. 2019. From Dyson to Pearcey: Universal statistics in random matrix theory, IST Austria, 375p. View

Betea D, Bouttier J, Nejjar P, Vuletic M. 2018. The free boundary Schur process and applications. Annales Henri Poincare. 19(12), 3663–3742. View

Nejjar P. 2018. Transition to shocks in TASEP and decoupling of last passage times. Latin American Journal of Probability and Mathematical Statistics. 15, 1311–1334. View

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since 2013 Professor, IST Austria
2003 – 2013 Chair of Applied Mathematics (C4/W3), Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
1998 – 2003 Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
1995 – 1998 Courant Instructor/Assistant Professor, Courant Institute, New York University, USA
1994 – 1995 Postdoc, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
1994 PhD, Princeton University, USA

Selected Distinctions

ISI Highly Cited Researcher
2017 Leonard Eisenbud Prize
2016 Foreign Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2015 Corresponding Member, Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
2015 Member, Academia Europaea
2014 Invited Speaker, ICM
2013 ERC Advanced Grant
2007 – 2016 Participant of SFB TR12, Symmetries and Universality
1999 – 2005 NSF Grants
1993 – 1994 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

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