Characteristic polynomials of the hermitian Wigner and sample covariance matrices

Characteristic polynomials of the hermitian Wigner and sample covariance matrices

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Tatyana Shcherbina, Institute for Low Temperature Physics, Kharkov, Ukraine
IAS Room S-101

We consider asymptotics of the correlation functions of characteristic polynomials of the hermitian Wigner matrices $H_n=n^{-1/2}W_n$ and the hermitian sample covariance matrices $X_n=n^{-1}A_{m,n}^*A_{m,n}$. We use the integration over the Grassmann variables to obtain a convenient integral representation. Then we show that the asymptotics of the correlation functions of any even order coincide with that for the GUE up to a factor, depending only on the fourth moment of the common probability law of the matrix entries, i.e. that the higher moments do not contribute to the above asymptotics.