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There are places I'll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

University of Trieste, Department of Physics

Strada Costiera 11
34151, Trieste, ITALY
Phone: +39 040 2240 245
Email: fbecca(AT)units.it

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Research Interests

I am a condensed matter theorist and my main research interests lie in the study of strongly correlated electronic systems. These are materials where the interactions between electrons play a crucial role and lead to novel phenomena not explainable by single electron band structure effects. Examples include the Mott insulators, spin liquids, and topological phases. Current efforts are devoted to the identification of spin-liquid phases with gapless excitations or topological degeneracy in Mott insulators with magnetic frustration and superconducting phases emerging from strong electron-electron correlations in d orbitals. By using numerical and analytic approaches, I work on several aspects of electronic and bosonic problems on the lattice.

My personal beliefs are:

  • Projected fermionic wave functions for spin liquids
  • Resonating valence bond theory of superconductivity

  • Brief Curriculum Vitae


    Jan. 1996: Laurea (Degree) in Physics - Università La Sapienza, Roma (Italy)
                        Thesis : Charge instabilities in strongly correlated electron systems
                        Advisor : Prof. Carlo di Castro
    Oct. 2000: Ph.D. in Condensed Matter - ISAS-SISSA, Trieste (Italy)
                        Thesis: Electronic properties from strong correlation
                        Advisor : Prof. Sandro Sorella


    Nov. 2000 - Aug. 2002: Research Assistant at Institut de Physique Theorique, University of Lausanne

    Sep. 2002 - Oct. 2004: Research Associate for the Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica per la Materia (INFM), Trieste

    Nov. 2004 - Mar. 2008: Tenure Track research for the INFM-DEMOCRITOS National Simulation Center, Trieste

    Apr. 2008 - Dec. 2018: Research Assistant, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)

    Jan. 2019 - Sep. 2021: Research Assistant, University of Trieste

    Since Oct. 2021: Associate Professor, University of Trieste

    Other professional services

    Apr. 2010 - Dec. 2018: Member of the Council of the Istituto Officina dei Materiali

    Feb. 2011 - Dec. 2018: Teaching appointment at the International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste

    Jan. 2013 - Dec. 2016: Member of the Board of Directors for the Centre Europeen de Calcul Atomique et Moleculaire (CECAM)