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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).

Research Interests

Computational and theoretical condensed matter physics, computer simulation of solids and liquids with first-principles molecular dynamics based on density functional theory. Three main lines: Oxide heterostructures including multiferroics, liquid water and water/solid interfaces (wet systems), and non-adiabatic processes related to radiation damage of materials. 

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).

“The Siesta method. Developments and applicability”, E. Artacho, E. Anglada, O. Dieguez, J. D. Gale, A. Garcia, J. Junquera, R. M. Martin, P. Ordejon, J. M. Pruneda, D. Sanchez-Portal, and J. M. Soler, J. Phys. Condensed Matter 20, 064208 (2008).

“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)

“Flexoelectricity of barium and strontium titanates from first principles”, J. W. Hong, G. Catalan, J. F. Scott and E. Artacho, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 22, 112201 (2010).

“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. Sa ́nchez-Portal, A. Arnau, J. I. Juaristi, and E. Artacho, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 225504 (2012).

“Room temperature compressibility and diffusivity of liquid water from first principles”, F. Corsetti, E. Artacho, J. M. Soler, S. Alexandre, and M. V. Fernandez-Serra, J. Chem. Phys. 139,194502 (2013).

“Model of two-dimensional electron gas formation at ferroelectric interfaces”, P. Aguado-Puente, N. C. Bristowe, B. Yin, R. Shirasawa, P. Ghosez, P. B. Littlewood, and E. Artacho. Phys. Rev. B 92, 035438 (2015).