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Professor Emilio Artacho

Professor Emilio Artacho

Professor of Theoretical Mineral Physics

Fellow of Clare Hall

Room 520 Mott Building
Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Avenue

Cambridge CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337461


Professor Emilio Artacho arrived at Cambridge in 2001, starting in the Department of Earth Sciences, where he was granted a Professorship in 2006. In 2011 he transferred to the Cavendish. Before Cambridge he was associate professor in condensed matter physics in Madrid. He was Invited Professor at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon (1999) and Visiting Miller Professor at the University of California at Berkeley (2007). He is also Ikerbasque Reseach Professor at Nanogune (San Sebastian, Spain).

Research Interests

Theory and computational simulation of far from equilibrium processes in condensed matter, within the wider field of computational and theoretical condensed matter physics, computer simulation of solids and liquids with first-principles molecular dynamics based on density functional theory and its time-dependent version. Mainly non-adiabatic processes strongly out of equilibrium in matter irradiated by nuclei, but also active in multiferroics and in liquid water and water/solid interfaces (wet systems). Co-starter and co-maintainer of the SIESTA program for linear-scaling first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory and its time-dependent variant.


  • Theoretical and Computational Physics
  • nonequilibrium

Key Publications

“On electrons and hydrogen-bond connectivity in liquid water”, M. V. Fern ́andez-Serra and E. Artacho, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 016404 (2006).

 “Transformation of spin information into large electrical signals via carbon nanotubes” L. E. Hueso, J. M. Pruneda, V. Ferrari, G. Burnell, J. P. Valdes-Herrera, B. D. Simons, P. B. Littlewood, E. Artacho, A. Fert, and N. D. Mathur, Nature 445, 410 (2007).

“Electronic stopping power in LiF from first principles”, J. M. Pruneda, D. Sanchez-Portal, A. Arnau, J. I. Juaristi, and E. Artacho, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 235501-1-4 (2007).

“Chemistry on the computer”, M. Head-Gordon and E. Artacho, Physics Today 61, p 58-63, April 2008.

“Ferrielectric twin walls in CaTiO3”, L. Goncelves-Ferreira, S. A. T. Redfern, E. Artacho and E. K. H. Salje, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 097602 (2008)

“Proposal of a one-dimensional electron gas in the steps at them LaAlO3 - SrTiO3 interface”, N. C. Bristowe, T. Fix, M. G. Blamire, P. B. Littlewood, and E. Artacho, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 166802 (2012).

“Electronic stopping power in gold: The role of d electrons and the H/He anomaly”, M. A. Zeb, J. Kohanoff, D. Sanchez-Portal, A. Arnau, J. I. Juaristi, and E. Artacho, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 225504 (2012).

“Enhanced residual entropy in high-density nanoconfined bilayer ice”, F. Corsetti, J. Zubeltzu, and E. Artacho, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 085901 (2016)

Quantum mechanics in an evolving Hilbert space”, E. Artacho and D. D. O’Regan, Phys. Rev. B 95, 115155 (2017)

“Mechanical architecture and folding of E. coli typ 1 pilus domains”, A. Alonso-Caballero, J. Schoenfelder, S. Poly, F. Corsetti, D. De Sancho, E. Artacho, and R. Perez-Jimenez, Nature Commun. 9, 2758 (2018).

“Core electrons in the electronic stopping of heavy ions”, R. Ullah, E. Artacho, and A. A. Correa, Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 116401 (2018).

"Floquet theory for the electronic stopping of projectiles in solids", N. Forcellini and E. Artacho, Phys. Rev. Research (in press, 2020);