Random Matrices - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780120884094, 9780080474113

Random Matrices, Volume 142

3rd Edition

Authors: Madan Lal Mehta
eBook ISBN: 9780080474113
Hardcover ISBN: 9780120884094
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 6th October 2004
Page Count: 706
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Table of Contents

Gaussian Ensembles. The Joint Probability Density Function of the Matrix Elements. Gaussian Ensembles. The Joint Probability Density Function of the Eigenvalues. Gaussian Ensembles. Level Density. Gaussian Unitary Ensemble. Gaussian Orthogonal Ensemble. Gaussian Symplectic Ensemble. Brownian Motion Model. Circular Ensembles. Circular Ensembles (Continued). Circular Ensembles. Thermodynamics. Asymptotic Behaviour of B(O,s) for Large S. Gaussian Ensemble of Anti-Symmetric Hermitian Matrices. Another Gaussian Ensemble of Hermitian Matrices. Matrices with Gaussian Element Densities but with No Unitary or Hermitian Condition Imposed. Statistical Analysis of a Level Sequence. Selberg's Integral and Its Consequences. Gaussian Ensembles. Level Density in the Tail of the Semi-Circle. Restricted Trace Ensembles. Bordered Matrices. Invariance Hypothesis and Matrix Element Correlations. Index.


Random Matrices gives a coherent and detailed description of analytical methods devised to study random matrices. These methods are critical to the understanding of various fields in in mathematics and mathematical physics, such as nuclear excitations, ultrasonic resonances of structural materials, chaotic systems, the zeros of the Riemann and other zeta functions. More generally they apply to the characteristic energies of any sufficiently complicated system and which have found, since the publication of the second edition, many new applications in active research areas such as quantum gravity, traffic and communications networks or stock movement in the financial markets.

This revised and enlarged third edition reflects the latest developements in the field and convey a greater experience with results previously formulated. For example, the theory of skew-orthogoanl and bi-orthogonal polynomials, parallel to that of the widely known and used orthogonal polynomials, is explained here for the first time.

Key Features

  • Presentation of many new results in one place for the first time.
  • First time coverage of skew-orthogonal and bi-orthogonal polynomials and their use in the evaluation of some multiple integrals.
  • Fredholm determinants and Painlevé equations.
  • The three Gaussian ensembles (unitary, orthogonal, and symplectic); their n-point correlations, spacing probabilities.
  • Fredholm determinants and inverse scattering theory.
  • Probability densities of random determinants.


Researchers in the theoretical physics and number theory and Ph. D. students.


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About the Authors

Madan Lal Mehta Author

Affiliations and Expertise

C.E.A. de Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France