- The Oxford Handbook of Random Matrix Theory
- Dedication
- Foreword
- Detailed Contents
- List of Contributors
- Introduction and guide to the handbook
- History – an overview
- Symmetry classes
- Spectral statistics of unitary ensembles
- Spectral statistics of orthogonal and symplectic ensembles
- Universality
- Supersymmetry
- Replica approach in random matrix theory
- Painlevé transcendents
- Random matrix theory and integrable systems
- Determinantal point processes
- Random matrix representations of critical statistics
- Heavy-tailed random matrices
- Phase transitions
- Two-matrix models and biorthogonal polynomials
- Chain of matrices, loop equations, and topological recursion
- Unitary integrals and related matrix models
- Non-Hermitian ensembles
- Characteristic polynomials
- Beta ensembles
- Wigner matrices
- Free probability theory
- Random banded and sparse matrices
- Number theory
- Random permutations and related topics
- Enumeration of maps
- Knot theory and matrix integrals
- Multivariate statistics
- Algebraic geometry and matrix models
- Two-dimensional quantum gravity
- String theory
- Quantum chromodynamics
- Quantum chaos and quantum graphs
- Resonance scattering of waves in chaotic systems
- Condensed matter physics
- Classical and quantum optics
- Extreme eigenvalues of Wishart matrices: application to entangled bipartite system
- Random growth models
- Random matrices and Laplacian growth
- Financial applications of random matrix theory: a short review
- Asymptotic singular value distributions in information theory
- Random matrix theory and ribonucleic acid (RNA) folding
- Complex networks
- Index

## Abstract and Keywords

This article considers the so-called loop equations satisfied by integrals over random matrices coupled in a chain as well as their recursive solution in the perturbative case when the matrices are Hermitian. Random matrices are used in fields such as the study of multi-orthogonal polynomials or the enumeration of discrete surfaces, both of which are based on the analysis of a matrix integral. However, this term can be confusing since the definition of a matrix integral in these two applications is not the same. The article discusses these two definitions, perturbative and non-perturbative, along with their relationship. It first provides an overview of a matrix integral before comparing convergent and formal matrix integrals. It then describes the loop equations and their solution in the one-matrix model. It also examines matrices coupled in a chain plus external field and concludes with a generalization of the topological recursion.

Keywords: loop equation, random matrices, matrix integral, one-matrix model, topological recursion

Nicolas Orantin, CAMGSD, Departamento de Matemática, Instituto Superior Técnico, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal, norantin@math.ist.utl.pt

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- The Oxford Handbook of Random Matrix Theory
- Dedication
- Foreword
- Detailed Contents
- List of Contributors
- Introduction and guide to the handbook
- History – an overview
- Symmetry classes
- Spectral statistics of unitary ensembles
- Spectral statistics of orthogonal and symplectic ensembles
- Universality
- Supersymmetry
- Replica approach in random matrix theory
- Painlevé transcendents
- Random matrix theory and integrable systems
- Determinantal point processes
- Random matrix representations of critical statistics
- Heavy-tailed random matrices
- Phase transitions
- Two-matrix models and biorthogonal polynomials
- Chain of matrices, loop equations, and topological recursion
- Unitary integrals and related matrix models
- Non-Hermitian ensembles
- Characteristic polynomials
- Beta ensembles
- Wigner matrices
- Free probability theory
- Random banded and sparse matrices
- Number theory
- Random permutations and related topics
- Enumeration of maps
- Knot theory and matrix integrals
- Multivariate statistics
- Algebraic geometry and matrix models
- Two-dimensional quantum gravity
- String theory
- Quantum chromodynamics
- Quantum chaos and quantum graphs
- Resonance scattering of waves in chaotic systems
- Condensed matter physics
- Classical and quantum optics
- Extreme eigenvalues of Wishart matrices: application to entangled bipartite system
- Random growth models
- Random matrices and Laplacian growth
- Financial applications of random matrix theory: a short review
- Asymptotic singular value distributions in information theory
- Random matrix theory and ribonucleic acid (RNA) folding
- Complex networks
- Index