Finite N corrections to the limiting distribution of the smallest eigenvalue of Wishart complex matrices

Anthony Perret 1 Gregory Schehr 1

Random Matrices. Theory and Applications, 2016, 5, pp.1650001

We study the probability distribution function (PDF) of the smallest eigenvalue of Laguerre-Wishart matrices $W = X^\dagger X$ where $X$ is a random $M \times N$ ($M \geq N$) matrix, with complex Gaussian independent entries. We compute this PDF in terms of semi-classical orthogonal polynomials, which are deformations of Laguerre polynomials. By analyzing these polynomials, and their associated recurrence relations, in the limit of large $N$, large $M$ with $M/N \to 1$ — i.e. for quasi-square large matrices $X$ — we show that this PDF, in the hard edge limit, can be expressed in terms of the solution of a Painlev\’e III equation, as found by Tracy and Widom, using Fredholm operators techniques. Furthermore, our method allows us to compute explicitly the first $1/N$ corrections to this limiting distribution at the hard edge. Our computations confirm a recent conjecture by Edelman, Guionnet and P\’ech\’e. We also study the soft edge limit, when $M-N \sim {\cal O}(N)$, for which we conjecture the form of the first correction to the limiting distribution of the smallest eigenvalue.

  • 1. LPTMS – Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques
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