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Chern-Simons Theory, Matrix Models, and Topological Strings$
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Marcos Mariño

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568490

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568490.001.0001

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MATRIX MODELS

MATRIX MODELS

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(p.3) 1 MATRIX MODELS
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Chern-Simons Theory, Matrix Models, and Topological Strings
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Marcos Mariño

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568490.003.0001

This chapter starts with explaining some basic aspects and techniques of matrix models. Matrix models are the simplest examples of quantum gauge theories; they are quantum gauge theories in zero dimensions. The basic field is a Hermitian N x N matrix M. Two useful techniques for solving matrix models are described: saddle-point analysis and orthogonal polynomials.

Keywords:   matrix models, saddle-point analysis, orthogonal polynomials

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