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Reading seminar on integrable probability in Spring 2019
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Fridays, 11:00am - 12:30pm, Kerchof 128

We will discuss the classical problem of describing analogues of irreducible representations of the infinite-dimensional unitary group (Edrei-Voiculescu theorem), and its connections with

  • representations of finite-dimensional unitary groups
  • symmetric functions
  • random lozenge tilings and asymptotic combinatorics
  • total positivity
  • classical analysis (e.g. B-splines)
  • von Neumann factor and spherical representations of the infinite-dimensional unitary group
  • random matrices

Schedule of meetings

The schedule is subject to change as we progress with the topics.

  1. January 18, 2019, special location - Ruffner Hall 127.

    Leo Petrov - Introduction "The many facets of the Edrei-Voiculescu theorem"

  2. January 25, 2019, special location - Ruffner Hall 123.

    Liron Speyer - $U(N)$: weights, irreducible characters, Schur polynomials, branching
    [standard textbooks like the H. Weyl's], a summary is in [section 2.2 in arXiv:1310.8007]

  3. February 1, 2019

    George Seelinger - Extreme characters of $U(\infty)$: definition and two elementary examples
    [for example, section 4.1.10 in these draft lecture notes]

  4. February 8, 2019

    Axel Saenz - Functional equation for irreducible characters and the ring theorem for extreme characters of $U(\infty)$
    [G. Olshanski, On semigroups related to infinite-dimensional groups. In: Topics in Representation Theory (A. A. Kirillov, ed.). Advances in Soviet Math.] or [A. Borodin, G. Olsahnski "Representations of the Infinite Symmetric Group", exercises 1.5 and 4.3]

  5. February 15, 2019

    Ethan Zell - Projection formula for Gibbs measures on tilings (formula for the number of trapezoidal Gelfand-Tsetlin schemes)
    [arXiv:1109.1412 and arXiv:1208.3443]

  6. February 22, 2019

    Leo Petrov - Idea of proof of Edrei-Voiculescu theorem

  7. March 1, 2019

    No meeting

  8. March 8, 2019

    Joseph Eisner - Irreducible factor representations of $U(\infty)$

  9. March 22, 2019

    TBA. Future possible topics include (1) $q$-analogs; (2) splines and random matrices; (3) determinantal point processes; (4) Markov dynamics on Gibbs measures; (5) analogous picture for the infinite symmetric group; (6) something else

  10. (March 29, 2019)


  11. April 5, 2019


  12. April 12, 2019


  13. April 19, 2019


  14. April 26, 2019