High Energy / Nuclear Theory / RIKEN Seminars

[virtual NT/RIKEN seminar] Quantum criticality in fermion-bag inspired Hamiltonian lattice field theories

by Emilie Huffman (Perimeter Institute)




Motivated by the fermion bag approach--a quantum Monte Carlo approach that takes advantage of grouped local degrees of freedom--we consider a new class of Hamiltonian lattice field theories that can help us study fermionic quantum critical points. We construct the partition function of a lattice Hamiltonian in 2+1 dimensions in discrete time, with a temporal lattice spacing \varepsilon. When \varepsilon \rightarrow 0, we obtain the partition function of the original lattice Hamiltonian. But when \varepsilon = 1, we obtain a new type of space-time lattice field theory which treats space and time differently, but still lacks fermion doubling in the time dimension, in contrast to Lagrangian lattice field theories. Here we show that both continuous-time and discrete-time lattice field theories derived from the t-V model have a fermionic quantum critical point with critical exponents that match within errors. The fermion bag algorithms run relatively faster on the discrete-time model and allow us to compute quantities even on 100^3 lattices near the quantum critical point.