Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Volume 20 (2016)
Heat kernel measures on random surfaces
Pages: 135 – 164
The heat kernel on the symmetric space of positive definite Hermitian matrices is used to endow the spaces of Bergman metrics of degree $k$ on a Riemann surface $M$ with a family of probability measures depending on a choice of the background metric. Under a certain matrix-metric correspondence, each positive definite Hermitian matrix corresponds to a Kähler metric on $M$. The one and two point functions of the random metric are calculated in a variety of limits as $k$ and $t$ tend to infinity. In the limit when the time $t$ goes to infinity the fluctuations of the random metric around the background metric are the same as the fluctuations of random zeros of holomorphic sections. This is due to the fact that the random zeros form the boundary of the space of Bergman metrics.