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Centre for Quantum Engineering, CQE


Centre for Quantum Engineering (CQE) tackles the most challenging scientific and technological questions, to release the full potential of our expertise for the benefit of industry and society.

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Ville Maisi at PICO lab

CQE research activities

Our research is distributed around four core areas of European interest; quantum sensing, simulation, communication and computing, that are supported by internationally esteemed expertise in quantum enabling technologies.

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Pico - Quantum Phenomena and Devices

We investigate mesoscopic physics and its sensor applications. The main focus is on charge transport and thermal properties of metallic, superconducting and hybrid nanostructures.


Quantum Circuits and Correlations (NANO)

Nano group of the Low Temperature Laboratory investigates fundamental quantum phenomena in nanostructures using low temperature and electronic transport measurements.

Nano cryostat

Quantum Nanomechanics

The NEMS group focuses on studies of micro- and nanomechanical resonators near the quantum ground state of moving objects.

An illustration of the 15-micrometre-wide drumheads prepared on silicon chips used in the experiment. The drumheads vibrate at a high ultrasound frequency, and the peculiar quantum state predicted by Einstein was created from the vibrations. Image: Aalto University / Petja Hyttinen & Olli Hanhirova, ARKH Architects.

Superconducting Qubits and Circuit QED (KVANTTI)

Our group is part of the effort in nanoelectronics in the Low Temperature Laboratory, Department of Applied Physics. The group is doing research in such fields as quantum information and quantum-level effects in superconducting devices, quantum coherent matter, and interaction of electromagnetic fields with nano-structured materials.

Artistic impression of the sample, the pulse sequence, and the density matrix. Image by Antti Paraoanu.

Quantum Computing and Devices (QCD)

We have a major effort on experimental low-temperature physics, but we also carry out computational and theoretical work down to fundamental quantum mechanics.

Magneettinen monopoli

Quantum Dynamics (QD)

The research interests of the QD group are quantum coherent dynamics and quantum many-body phenomena in designed nanosystems.

Plasmon BEC

Nanoscience and Advanced Materials

The Nanoscience and Advanced Materials group is part of the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering, Aalto University. The group is located in the nanofabrication research center Micronova and has about 15 researchers. The group hosts Tekes-funded FiDiPro (Finland Distinguished Professor) Nasser Peyghambarian from University of Arizona jointly with University of Eastern Finland. Research is mainly funded by external sources, especially the National Technology Agency (Tekes), the Academy of Finland, EU, ESA and industry.

Nanotechnology Group


The Photonics Group is part of the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering, Aalto University. The group studies electrical and optical properties of various nanomaterials for photonic and optoelectronic applications. The group is located in the Micronova Research Center.

Nanowire optical gate

Nanomagnetism and Spintronics (NanoSpin)

The Nanomagnetism and Spintronics (NanoSpin) Group focuses on experimental studies of magnetic, magneto-optical, and spin-transport phenomena in new functional materials and hybrid nanoscale structures.

Nanospin group photo 2017

Atomic Scale Physics

We focus on the experimental study of nanostructures, where the precise nature and location of every atom matters.

Atomic scale physics

Micro and Quantum Systems

The Micro and Quantum Systems group is part of the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering, Aalto University. The group is located in the nanofabrication research center Micronova.

Micro and Quantum Systems Group

Quantum Transport (QT)

The research group works on theoretical problems in quantum transport.


Theory of Quantum Matter (TQM)

Our research concentrates on fundamental properties of matter.

Aalto University/Theory of Quantum Matter

Multiscale Statistical and Quantum Physics (MSP)

The MSP group is recognised worldwide in the development of multi-scale and coarse-graining methodologies and their application to condensed matter systems.

Multiscale Statistical and Quantum Physics (MSP)

Surfaces and Interfaces at the Nanoscale (SIN)

In the SIN group we apply and develop various atomistic and quantum mechanical simulation methods to study surface and interface physics at the nanoscale, with particular emphasis on working closely with experimentalists and technologists.

SIN group

Computational Electronic Structure Theory (CEST)

CEST is developing electronic structure and machine learning methods and applying them to computational materials science problems.

CEST group photo

CQE logo

Scientific Board

The Scientific Board supports the development of the centre, gives recommendations and considers the big picture in the field of quantum engineering.

Materials Platform Launch. Image: Mikko Raskinen.


Annually, the CQE groups host over 50 equivalent visitor-months from around the world.

Quantum Garden

Pathfinder projects

The pathfinder projects explore new pathways in the field of quantum engineering at Aalto. They are a testbed to develop ideas that intrigue several groups at CQE.

Publications. Image: Aino Huovio.

Selected publications

Annually, more than 100 peer reviewed scientific papers are published by the groups of CQE.


Quantum Garden
Studies Published:

Quantum Technology studies begin at Aalto – Pioneering physics student Artturi Jalli is already programming the IBM quantum computer

The unique Quantum Technology major takes you to the forefront of the ongoing quantum revolution in computation, communication, sensing, and simulation.
Elektronimikroskooppikuva Corbino-laitteesta: vihreäksi väritettyyn grafeeniin havaittiin muodostuvan elektronikide, kaksi-dimensioinen Wignerin hila, joka koostui noin 20 kristalliitista. Kuva: Antti Laitinen.
Research & Art Published:

First confirmation of a Wigner crystal in graphene paves the way for a new kind of quantum computing

Using graphene, exotic arrangements of electrons can be studied, with possible applications including quantum computing.
Quantum Garden
Press releases Published:

World premiere: Play Quantum Garden and help build a quantum computer!

Quantum Garden, a new and exciting Science and Art project, will be exhibited from 16.11 until 14.12. at A Bloc shopping center, Otaniemi.
Aalto University Quantum Bit Silicon Chip. Image: Jan Goetz.
Press releases Published:

Quantum physics and technology research receives billion-euro funding from the EU — Aalto University involved in three projects

Aalto University research groups will study and develop technology for quantum communication, ultra-sensitive magnetic sensors based on quantum optics, and photon-emitting quantum chips. The Quantum Flagship launched by the European Union will provide funding for ten years and for over 5000 researchers with one billion euros. The flagship will consolidate the best quantum physics research in Europe and transfer quantum technology from the lab to the market.


Lectures and seminars

AQP Seminar: Metrological algorithms and noise measurements with a transmon artificial atom

Aalto Quantum Physics Seminar (Nanotalo). Speaker: Mr. Michael Perelshtein (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia)
Lectures and seminars

AQP Seminar: Engineering of new topological phases of superfluid 3He by controlled correlated disorder.

Aalto Quantum Physics Seminar (Nanotalo). Speaker: Prof. Evgeny Surovtsev (Kapitza Institute, Russia).
Hanasaari Cultural Centre Photo: Hanasaari marketing
Conferences and workshops

Quantum Thermodynamics conference: QTD2019

Please visit the QTD2019 web pages for more information and to register.
CQE Showroom

Nanotalo building

Puumiehenkuja 2. Mon-Fri 7.45-16.00

Nanotalo. Puumiehenkuja 2. Kuva / Image: Aalto-yliopisto / Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University


Tietotie 3. Opening hours Mon–Fri 8.00–16.30

CQE director and coordinator

Christian Flindt

Christian Flindt

Quantum Transport/ LTL
Assistant Professor
Minna Gunes

Minna Gunes

Department of Applied Physics