- 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 examines the notion of ‘symmetry class’, which expresses the relevance of symmetries as an organizational principle. In his 1962 paper The threefold way: algebraic structure of symmetry groups and ensembles in quantum mechanics, Dyson introduced the prime classification of random matrix ensembles based on a quantum mechanical setting with symmetries. He described three types of independent irreducible ensembles: complex Hermitian, real symmetric, and quaternion self-dual. This article first reviews Dyson’s threefold way from a modern perspective before considering a minimal extension of his setting to incorporate the physics of chiral Dirac fermions and disordered superconductors. In this minimally extended setting, Hilbert space is replaced by Fock space equipped with the anti-unitary operation of particle-hole conjugation, and symmetry classes are in one-to-one correspondence with the large families of Riemannian symmetric spaces.

Keywords: symmetry group, quantum mechanics, random matrix ensemble, fermion, disordered superconductor, Hilbert space, Fock space, symmetry class, Riemannian symmetric space

Martin R. Zirnbauer, Department of Physics, Cologne University, Zülpicher Strasse 77, D-50937 Cologne, Germany, zirn@thp.uni-koeln.de

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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