Random matrix theory, the exceptional Lie groups and L-functions

JP Keating, N Linden, Z Rudnick

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There has recently been interest in relating properties of matrices drawn at random from the classical compact groups to statistical characteristics of number-theoretical L-functions. One example is the relationship conjectured to hold between the value distributions of the characteristic polynomials of such matrices and value distributions within families of L-functions. These connections are extended here to non-classical groups. We focus on an explicit example: the exceptional Lie group G(2). The value distributions for characteristic polynomials associated with the 7- and 14-dimensional representations of G(2), defined with respect to the uniform invariant (Haar) measure, are calculated using two of the Macdonald constant term identities. A one-parameter family of L-functions over a finite field is described whose value distribution in the limit as the size of the finite field grows is related to that of the characteristic polynomials associated with the seven-dimensional representation of G(2). The random matrix calculations extend to all exceptional Lie groups.
Translated title of the contributionRandom matrix theory, the exceptional Lie groups and L-functions
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2933 - 2944
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and General
Volume36 (12)
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2003

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Publisher: IOP Publishing Ltd
Other identifier: IDS number 671FP


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