Tel Aviv University Dear all, This week at the Horowitz seminar on Probability, Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems at Tel Aviv University we are happy to have: Speaker: Yan V Fyodorov, Queen Mary, University of London Title: Freezing Transition: from 1/f landscapes to Characteristic Polynomials of Random Matrices and the Riemann zeta-function Date: Monday, May 7 Time: 14:30 Place: Schreiber 309 Abstract: In the talk (based on a joint work with G Hiary and J Keating; arXiv:1202.4713) I will argue that the freezing transition scenario, previously conjectured to take place in the statistical mechanics of 1/f-noise random energy models, governs, after reinterpretation, the value distribution of the maximum of the modulus of the characteristic polynomials of large random unitary (CUE) matrices. I then conjecture that the results extend to the large values taken by the Riemann zeta-function over stretches of the critical line s=1/2+it of constant length, and present the results of numerical computations of the large values of \zeta(1/2+it). The main purpose is to draw attention to possible connections between the statistical mechanics of random energy landscapes, random matrix theory, and the theory of the Riemann zeta function. Best regards, Ron Seminar webpage: <http://www.math.tau.ac.il/~peledron/Horowitz_seminar/Horowitz_seminar.html> --------------------------------------------------------- Technion Math Net-2 (TECHMATH2) Editor: Michael Cwikel <techm@math.technion.ac.il> Announcement from: Ron Peled <peledron@gmail.com>