I (Francesca Cuteri - she/her/hers) am a junior professor at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. My research interests include strongly interacting matter under extreme conditions of high temperatures and densities, as in heavy ion collisions and neutron stars. As a tool to study nonperturbative phenomena involving quarks and gluons as elementary particles, I employ the lattice formulation of quantum chromodynamics (QCD). I am member of the Collaborative Research Center CRC-TR 211.


  • Strongly interacting matter under extreme conditions
  • Lattice QCD
  • QCD phase diagram
  • QCD vacuum structures


  • Ph.D. in Physics, 2016

    Università della Calabria, Rende, Italy

    Thesis: Aspects of phase transitions in gauge theories and spin models on the lattice

    Advisor: Alessandro Papa

  • M.Sc. in Physics, 2012

    Università della Calabria, Rende, Italy



Postdoctoral Researcher

Goethe Universität

Nov 2015 – Dec 2019 Frankfurt am Main, GERMANY
Participated in research activities (also as member of the CRC-TR 211 project) on the Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) phase diagram at zero, imaginary and isospin chemical potential using lattice techniques, with different fermion discretizations. Contributed to the development of CL2QCD, a lattice QCD CPUs and GPUs application based on OpenCL. Managed large scale simulations in HPC clusters. Contributed to the development of the ‘PLASMA’ python analysis suite for data from lattice simulations. Contributed to the development of the ExerciseHandler as auxiliary bash tool for teaching activities. Organized the Lattice Journal Club Meeting. Taught tutorials: QFT1, QFT2, Introduction to programming for physicists, Lattice Gauge Theory.

Recent Publications

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Dirac spectrum and the BEC-BCS crossover in QCD at nonzero isospin asymmetry

For large isospin asymmetries, perturbation theory predicts the QCD ground state to be a superfluid phase of $u$ and $\bar{d}$ Cooper …

Exploring the QCD phase diagram via reweighting from isospin chemical potential

We investigate the QCD phase diagram for small values of baryon and strange quark chemical potentials from simulations at non-zero …

The confining color field in SU(3) gauge theory

We extend a previous numerical study of SU(3) Yang-Mills theory in which we measured the spatial distribution of all components of the …

Isolating the confining color field in the SU(3) flux tube

Using lattice Monte Carlo simulations of SU(3) pure gauge theory, we determine the spatial distribution of all components of the color …

Progress on the nature of the QCD thermal transition as a function of quark flavors and masses

We investigate to which extent we can exploit the dependence of the order of the chiral transition on the number of light degenerate …


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