Todd Kemp


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Todd Kemp
Professor, UC San Diego
Department of Mathematics
AP&M 5202
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0112

Phone: (858) 534-3985
Fax: (858) 534-5273



I work in probability theory (stochastic analysis, diffusion processes on Lie groups, random matrices, and free probability), mathematical physics (Yang-Mills theory, quantum information theory), and functional analysis (functional inequalities, heat kernel analysis, holomorphic and subharmonic function spaces).

I am a Founding Faculty member of the Halicioğlu Data Science Institute.


I have served as advisor to 4 former and 2 current PhD students:

  • Natasha Blitvic (PhD: 2007-2012, MIT). After a Zorn postdoctoral fellowship at Indiana University, she moved to Lancaster University (in the UK) where she is currently a Lecturer (US equivalent: Associate Professor) in Pure Mathematics.
  • David Zimmermann (PhD: 2010-2015, UCSD) After an appointment as a Dickson Instructor at U Chicago, he went into industry. He currently works for Google, in Sunnyvale, CA.
  • Ching Wei Ho (PhD: 2013-2018, UCSD). After a Zorn postdoctoral felowship at Indiana University, he became a permanent faculty member at Acedemia Sinica (the National Academy of Taiwan).
  • Alice Chan (PhD: 2014-2019, UCSD) Currently looking for industry positions related to ML.
  • Evangelos (Vaki) Nikitopoulos (PhD: 2018- , UCSD). Co-advised with Bruce Driver.
  • Zhichao Wang. (PhD: 2019- , UCSD). Former Masters student of Michael Anshelevich.

I have mentored 2 former and 4 current postdocs (SEW = Stefen E. Warschawski Visiting Assistant Professor; NSF PDF = National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow; PPF = President's Postdoctoral Fellow):


  1. Hypercontractivity in non-commutative holomorphic spaces. Commun. Math. Phys. 259 no. 3, 615-637 (2005)    K-CMP-2005.pdf
  2. Strong Haagerup inequalities for free R-diagonal elements. J. Funct. Anal. 251, 141-173 (2007)   [With Roland Speicher]    KS-JFA-2007.pdf
  3. R-diagonal dilation semigroups. Math. Z. 264, 111-136 (2008)    K-MZ-2010.pdf
  4. Hypercontractivity for log-subharmonic functions. J. Funct. Anal. 258, 1785-1805 (2009)   [With Piotr Graczyk and Jean-Jacques Loeb].    GKL-JFA-2010.pdf
  5. Resolvents of R-diagonal operators. Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 362, 6029-6064 (2010)   [With Uffe Haagerup and Roland Speicher]    HKS-TAMS-2010.pdf
  6. Enumeration of non-crossing pairings on bitstrings. J. Comb. Theory A. 118, 129-151 (2011)   [With Karl Mahlburg, Amarpreet Rattan, and Cliff Smyth]    KMRS-JCTA-2011.pdf
  7. Duality in Segal-Bargmann Spaces. J. Funct. Anal. 261, 1591-1623 (2011)   [With Will Gryc]    GK-JFA-2011.pdf
  8. Wigner Chaos and the Fourth Moment. Ann. Prob. 40, 1577-1635 (2012)   [With Ivan Nourdin, Giovanni Peccati, and Roland Speicher]    KNPS-AoP-2012.pdf
  9. The Large-N Limit of the Segal-Bargmann Transform on U(N). J. Funct. Anal. 265, 2585-2644 (2013)   [With Bruce Driver and Brian Hall] DHK-JFA-2013.pdf
  10. Liberation of Projections. J. Func. Anal. 266, 1988-2052 (2014) [With Benoit Collins] CK-JFA-2014.pdf
  11. On Sharp Constants in Dual Segal-Bargmann L^p Spaces. J. Math. Anal. Appl. 424, 1198-1222 (2015) [With Will Gryc] GK-JMAA-2015.pdf
  12. Strong Logarithmic Sobolev Inequalities for Log-Subharmonic Functions. Canad. J. Math. 67 (6), 1384-1410 (2015) [With Piotr Graczyk and Jean-Jacques Loeb] GKL-CJM-2015.pdf
  13. The Large-N Limits of Brownian Motions on GL(N). Int. Math. Res. Not. IMRN, no. 13, 4012-4057 (2016) K-BM-GLN.pdf
  14. Heat Kernel Empirical Laws on U(N) and GL(N). J. Theoret. Probab. 30, no. 2, 397-451 (2017) K-Heat-Kernel-Empirical-Laws.pdf
  15. Three proofs of the Makeenko-Migdal equation for Yang-Mills theory on the plane. Commun. Math. Phys. 351 no. 2, 741-774 (2017) [With Bruce Driver and Brian Hall] DHK-MM-plane.pdf
  16. The Makeenko-Migdal equation for Yang-Mills theory on compact surfaces. Comm. Math. Phys. 352, no. 3, 967-978 (2017) [With Bruce Driver, Franck Gabriel, and Brian Hall] DGHK-MM-surfaces.pdf
  17. The Minimum Renyi Entropy Output of a Quantum Channel is Locally Additive. Lett. Math. Phys. 107, no. 6, 1131-1155 (2017) [With Gilad Gour] GK-Renyi.pdf
  18. The Spectral Edge of Unitary Brownian Motion. Probab. Theory Related Fields 170, no. 1-2, 49-93 (2018) [With Benoit Collins and Antoine Dahlqvist] CDK-PTRF-2016.pdf
  19. Most Boson Quantum States are Almost Maximally Entangled. Proc. Am. Math. Soc. 146, no. 12, 5035-5049 (2018) [With Shmuel Friedland] FK-Boson-Entanglement.pdf
  20. Corrigendum to "On Sharp Constants for Dual Segal-Bargmann L^p Spaces". J. Math. Anal. Appl. 475, no. 2, 1992-1995 (2019) [With Will Gryc] GK-JMAA-2019.pdf
  21. Brown Measure Support and the Free Multiplicative Brownian Motion. Adv. Math. 355, 106771, 36 pp. (2019) [With Brian Hall] HK-Brown-Measure-Support.pdf
  22. The Complex Time Segal-Bargmann Transform. J. Funct. Anal. 278, no. 1, 108303, 42 pp. (2020) [With Bruce Driver and Brian Hall] DHK-C-Time-SBT.pdf
  23. Random Matrices with Log-Range Correlations, and Log-Sobolev Inequalities. Ann. Math. Blaise Pascal 27, no. 2, 207-232 (2020) [With David Zimmermann] KZ-Log-Correlations.pdf
  24. Fluctuations of Brownian Motions on GL(N). Ann. Inst. Henri Poincare Probab. Stat. 58, no. 1, 524-547 (2022) [With Guillaume Cébron] CeK-Fluctuations.pdf
  25. Stochastic Networks and Reflecting Brownian Motion: the Mathematics of Ruth Williams Notices Amer. Math. Soc. 69, no. 3, 363-374 (2022) [with Ioana Dumitriu and Kavita Ramanan] DRK-Williams-Feature.pdf
  26. The Brown Measure of the Free Multiplicative Brownian Motion. To Appear in Probab. Theory Related Fields [With Bruce Driver and Brian Hall] DHK-Brown-Measure.pdf