Does anyone know if the problem of random matrices over (say) have been studied?

Here I mean something quite specific. One could do the following, namely, since is compact with a natural measure, look at random elements in and then ask about the distribution of several obvious quantities as goes to . For example, one can consider the rank of , which translates into an elementary counting problem over . However, I *don’t* mean this, that would just be rubbish for my purposes. What I am looking for is something that models a random *compact* operator, and then I want to understand the behavior of the normalized eigenvectors as the eigenvalue

. To be concrete, let be the Tate algebra corresponding to the open unit ball. Then consider a “random” compact operator acting on . What does random mean? This is a good question, to which I do not know the answer. But let me give several properties that it should satisfy. Because the ball is a disk, it is “dimension 2 as a real manifold”, and so — imagining that our compact operator is a -adic avatar of for the Laplacian — the eigenvalues of should satisfy Weyl’s Law:

Here denotes the valuation of . Ignoring the volume factor, this just means that the Fredholm determinant has a Newton Polygon with certain quadratic growth. I’m not sure exactly what ensembles one can come up with to define such operators, which is one of my questions. Let us also assume, although this may not be necessary, that is semi-simple and admits nice convergent spectral expansions. We can’t quite insist that is a self-adjoint operator, because one doesn’t have p-adic Hilbert spaces. For such an operator, what behavior should one expect of the normalized eigenvalues of ? For example, suppose one knows that the number of zeros of goes to infinity. What limit distribution should the zeros of satisfy when ? (Somewhat troubling here is that the eigenvalues will lie in in general and has compactness issues…)

As you might guess, this is related to *p-adic arithmetic quantum CHAOS*, a group of subjects which gets *sexier every time an extra adjective is added*, and will form part of my student project at the Arizona Winter School.