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Nome Cognome



Dipartimento di Fisica,
Università di Trieste,
strada Costiera 11, 34151 Trieste, Italy
tel: +39 040-2240264
fax: +39 040-224601


Full Professor ("Fisica della Materia") at the University of Trieste,
and member of the
DEMOCRITOS National Simulation Center of IOM-CNR (Trieste)

BORN: 1947, Genova (Italy) a

1965, "Maturità Classica", Liceo C. Colombo, Genova, Italy.
1969, "Laurea in Fisica", Università di Pisa, Italy;
1969, "Diploma", Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy.


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 so-called “modern theory of polarization” (since the early 1990s) and of the “modern theory of orbital magnetization” (since 2005). On the computational side, I am a coauthor of the first ab-initio calculation ever of (i) many-body 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).


  • 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


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 single-authored.
I am listed among the "Top Italian Scientists" (