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Integrable Systems and Random Matrix Theory

Date:  Monday, March 21, 2022
Location:  ZOOM ID: 926 6491 9790 Virtual (4:00 PM to 5:00 PM)

Title:  Higher order finite temperature Airy kernels and an integro-differential Painlevé II hierarchy

Abstract:   In this talk we will study Fredholm determinants of integral operators acting through a finite temperature version of the higher order Airy kernels that recently appeared in statistical mechanics literature. The main result is an expression of these Fredholm determinants in terms of distinguished solutions of an integro-differential Painlevé II hierarchy. Our result generalizes the case n = 1, already studied by Amir, Corwin and Quastel in 2011. This latter can be seen as a generalization of the well known formula connecting the Tracy-Widom distribution for GUE and the Hastings-McLeod solution of the Painlevé II equation. The proof of our result, for generic n, relies on the study of some operator-valued Riemann-Hilbert problem that builds up the bridge between the description of the Fredholm determinants and the derivation of a Lax pair for this new integro-differential hierarchy. The talk is based on the joint work with Thomas Bothner and Mattia Cafasso, avaiable at:

A recording of the talk can be found here.


Speaker:  Sofia Tarricone
Institution:  Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve

Event Organizer:   Ahmad Barhoumi


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