BORN: 1947, Genova (Italy)
EDUCATION:
1965, "Maturità Classica", Liceo C. Colombo, Genova,
Italy.
1969, "Laurea in Fisica", Università di Pisa, Italy;
1969, "Diploma", Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa,
Italy.
SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:
My work belongs since 35 years to what could be defined as
“computational physics light”: a computer experiment of
moderate workload is the key to interpret an experiment,
to explain a microscopic mechanism, to understand a
general trend, and (in some cases) to discover a new
“theorem”. I have most often addressed crystalline
semiconductors and insulators, focussing on properties
such as band offsets, lattice dynamics, dielectric
response, piezoelectricity, ferroelectricity,
flexoelectricity, and the theory of the insulating state.
A few papers also addressed molecules and polymers. I am a
coauthor of the socalled “modern theory of polarization”
(since the early 1990s), the “modern
theory of the insulating state”
(since 1999), and the “modern theory of orbital
magnetization” (since 2005). On the computational side, I
am a coauthor of the first abinitio calculation ever of
(i) manybody Green’s function in a molecule (1976), (ii)
dielectric constants (1986), (iii) piezoelectric constants
(1989), (iv) spontaneous polarization in pyroelectrics
(1990), and (v) in ferroelectrics (1993).
TEACHING:
 Introduzione alla Fisica della
Materia (3rd year, 2nd semester): link
 Geometria e Topologia in
Struttura Elettronica (4th year, 2nd semester) : link
 Argomenti di tesi
(triennali e magistrali) : link
SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION:
About 180 scientific papers published in
international journals and refereed conference
proceedings; 80 of them have appeared on Phys. Rev. B
or Phys. Rev. Lett. Many of my papers are
singleauthored. I
am listed among the "Top Italian Scientists" (http://www.viaacademy.org).
SELECTED
REVIEW ARTICLES:
 R. Resta, Macroscopic
polarization
in crystalline dielectrics: The geometric phase
approach, Rev. Mod. Phys. 66, 899
(1994).
 R. Resta, Manifestations
of Berry's phase in molecules and in condensed
matter, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter
12, R107 (2000).
 R. Resta, Abinitio
simulation
of the properties of ferroelectric materials,
Modelling and Simulation in Materials
Science and Engineering 11, R69 (2003).
 R. Resta, Electrical
polarization
and orbital magnetization: the modern
theories, J. Phys.: Condens.
Matter 22, 123201 (2010).
 R. Resta, The
insulating
state
of
matter:
a
geometrical
theory,
Eur.
Phys. J. B 79, 121 (2011).
RECENT PUBLICATIONS:
 R.
Resta, Towards
a bulk theory of flexoelectricity, Phys.
Rev. Lett. 105, 127601 (2010).
 R. Resta, LyddaneSachsTeller
relationship in linear magnetoelectrics, Phys.
Rev. Lett. 106, 047202 (2011).
 R. Resta, Zonecenter
dynamical matrix in magnetoelectrics,
Phys. Rev. B
84,
214428 (2011).
 R. Bianco and R. Resta, Mapping
topological order in coordinate space, Phys.
Rev.
B 84,
241106(R) (2011).
 R. Bianco and R. Resta, Orbital
magnetization
as a local property, Phys. Rev.
Lett. 110, 087202 (2013).
 A
Marrazzo and R. Resta, Irrelevance of the
boundary in the magnetization of metals, Phys.
Rev. Lett. 116, 137201 (2016).
 R.
Bianco and R. Resta, Orbital
magnetization in insulators: Bulk vs.
surface,
Phys. Rev. B 93, 174417 (2016).
