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Integrable Systems and Random Matrix Theory

Date:  Monday, March 13, 2017
Location:  1866 East Hall (4:00 PM to 5:00 PM)

Title:  The story of the alternating sign matrix conjecture II

Abstract:   How many alternating sign matrices are there? This question generated considerable interest in the early 1980s displaying deep connections to enumerative combinatorics of plane partitions. We shall review the story of this connection (following closely D. Bressoud's excellent book) which ultimately lead to the tour de force answer given by Zeilberger in 1996. In part II of this lecture we focus on Kuperberg's approach using statistical mechanics.


Speaker:  Thomas Bothner
Institution:  University of Michigan

Event Organizer:   Thomas Bothner


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