Emilie Huffman

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Research Interests

I study strongly correlated many-body systems (particularly fermionic ones) numerically. Focuses include the development of efficient quantum Monte Carlo algorithms for studying fermionic systems (fermion bag, meron cluster, and auxiliary field techniques), as well as finding new sign-problem-free ways to study these systems. I've worked on four-fermi theories as well as systems involving gauge fields that interact with matter.

Positions Held

  • 2012-2018, PhD Student, Duke University. 2018, Humboldt Fellow, University of Wuerzburg. 2019-, Postdoctoral Fellow, Perimeter Institute

Recent Publications

  • Frank, Huffman, Chandrasekharan, "Emergence of Gauss' Law in a Z2 Lattice Gauge Theory," submitted to Physics Letters B, https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.05414
  • Huffman, Chandrasekharan, "Fermion bag approach to Hamiltonian lattice field theories in continuous time," Physical Review D 96, 114502 (2017), https://arxiv.org/abs/1709.03578
  • Huffman, Mizel, "Leggett-Garg test of superconducting qubit addressing the clumsiness loophole," Phys. Rev. A 95, 032131 (2017), https://arxiv.org/abs/1609.05957
  • Hann, Huffman, Chandrasekharan, "Solution to the sign problem in a frustrated quantum impurity model," Annals of Physics 376, 63-75 (2017), https://arxiv.org/abs/1608.05144
  • Huffman, Banerjee, Chandrasekharan, Wiese, "Real-Time Evolution of Strongly Coupled Fermions driven by Dissipation," Annals of Physics Vol 372, Pages 309-319, (2016), https://arxiv.org/abs/1512.00412
  • Huffman, Chandrasekharan, "Solution to sign problems in half-filled spin-polarized electronic systems," Phys. Rev. B 89, 111101 (2014), https://arxiv.org/abs/1311.0034
  • Huffman, PoS(LATTICE2016)258, "Monte Carlo methods in continuous time for lattice Hamiltonians," https://arxiv.org/abs/1611.01680
  • Huffman, PoS (LATTICE 2014) 058, "Solution to new sign problems with Hamiltonian Lattice Fermions," https://arxiv.org/abs/1411.7147


  • The Fermion Bag Approach to Hamiltonian Theories, March Meeting 2019, Boston, USA.
  • Fermion Bag Algorithms and Sign-problem-free Models, SIGN 2018, Bielefeld, Germany.
  • Fermion Bag Approach to Hamiltonian Theories, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany.
  • The Fermion Bag Approach in the Hamiltonian Picture, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.
  • Fermion Bag Approach to Lattice Hamiltonian Field Theories, Lattice 2017 Granada, Spain.
  • QMC methods in models of interacting fermions and quantum spins, March Meeting 2017, New Orleans, USA.
  • Monte Carlo methods in continuous time for lattice Hamiltonians, Lattice 2016, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK.
  • Solution to sign problems in spin polarized fermion models interacting with quantum spins, ECT* Trento, Italy.
  • Solution to new sign problems with Hamiltonian Lattice Fermions, Lattice 2014, Columbia University, New York, USA.
  • The Fermion Bag Approach in the Hamiltonian Picture, 2017-12-12, Condensed Matter