The Department of Applied Physics is recognised for its research excellence through numerous national and international external funding awards.
Department of Applied Physics
Department of Applied Physics
The Department of Applied Physics pursues vigorous research in physical sciences and creates important industrial applications that hold great technological potential. In addition, we provide basic physics education to the entire School of Science.
Our research focuses on condensed matter and materials physics, quantum physics, and nano optics, with topics extending from fundamental research to important applications, and on advanced energy sciences. For the future, special emphasis is given to quantum technology and engineering, and database-driven machine learning in materials research.
The department hosts two Academy of Finland Centres of Excellence: Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials research (HYBER, 2014–2019) and Quantum Technology Finland (2018–2025). Further quantum-enabling technologies are facilitated by the Centre for Quantum Engineering, also hosted in the department.
The department plays a leading role in hosting two large, nationally significant research infrastructures: the Nanomicroscopy Center and the Low Temperature Laboratory, both part of OtaNano, a national resource for students, scientists and high-tech businesses.
Most importantly, the department educates future generations of research and development professionals, and data specialists, technology experts, inventors, and scientists for industry and society.
Researchers at the Department of Applied Physics produce almost 400 international refereed journal articles annually, of which over 10% are in high impact journals
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. Our long and successful research tradition is recognized worldwide for pioneering work, especially in condensed matter physics and nanoscale quantum electronic devices.
Otaniemi research infrastructure for micro- and nanotechnologies (OtaNano) is a national research infrastructure (RI) focusing on competitive research in nanoscience and -technology, and in quantum technologies.
Science-IT provides infrastructure for high-level computational research at Aalto University and is coordinated by the School of Science.
Read more about the experimental equipment used by research groups at the Department of Applied Physics
Approximately 25 Masters of Science and 30 Doctors of Science graduate annually from the Department of Applied Physics.
Mohammad Tavakkoli receives Gustav Komppa award for his exceptional doctoral dissertation in the field of chemistryAccording to the jury, Tavakkoli’s dissertation is of the highest possible research quality in chemical engineering.
Aalto Distinguished Professor Olli Ikkala awarded academic knighthood of the Ordre des Palmes académiquesProfessor Ikkala was recognised for his contributions to advancing scientific partnerships between France and Finland.
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The research group focuses on active matter, non-equilibrium systems and fluids and colloids in EM fields.
The Antimatter and Nuclear Engineering group specializes in the development and applications of positron-based spectroscopic tools in condensed matter research.
We focus on the experimental study of nanostructures, where the precise nature and location of every atom matters.
The CSM group applies statistical physics to a wide variety of cross-disciplinary topics
CEST is developing electronic structure and machine learning methods and applying them to computational materials science problems.
The research of the EPM group aims at understanding the properties of materials and nanostructures including the associated physical phenomena using state-of-the-art electronic structure calculations.
The Fusion and Plasma Physics group at Aalto University investigates experimentally and by computer simulations plasma phenomena in magnetically confined fusion plasma physics. The overall goal is to create a new, clean and virtually unlimited energy source.
Molecular Materials (Molmat) is a multidisciplinary research group consisting of physicists, chemists and biologists aiming at functional materials based on supramolecular and supracolloidal self-assembly and its hierarchies.
In the µKI group, we study systems thermally active still in microkelvin range of temperatures.
The MSP group is recognised worldwide in the development of multi-scale and coarse-graining methodologies and their application to condensed matter systems.
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.
The NanoMaterials Group, headed by Prof. Esko I. Kauppinen, is among the top aerosol technology laboratories in the world and offers a unique environment for strong interdisciplinary research and a proven track record of productive cooperation.
The interest of the New Energy Technologies Group is on advanced energy systems, in particular nanomaterials for energy devices, sustainable energy systems, and multidisciplinary energy science.
The research of the Optics and Photonics group covers a range of topics of modern optics and photonics, encompassing various aspects of light-matter interaction, optical coherence and polarization, development of methods to manipulate light with nano- and micro-structures, design and construction of novel light sources, optical metamaterials and optical imaging.
We investigate mesoscopic physics and its sensor applications. The main focus is on charge transport and thermal properties of metallic, superconducting and hybrid nanostructures.
Nano group of the Low Temperature Laboratory investigates fundamental quantum phenomena in nanostructures using low temperature and electronic transport measurements.
We have a major effort on experimental low-temperature physics, but we also carry out computational and theoretical work down to fundamental quantum mechanics.
The research interests of the QD group are quantum coherent dynamics and quantum many-body phenomena in designed nanosystems.
The NEMS group focuses on studies of micro- and nanomechanical resonators near the quantum ground state of moving objects.
The research group works on theoretical problems in quantum transport.
Our research is focused on the properties of superfluid 3He at ultra-low temperatures
Functional soft materials and the wettability of surfaces are they key research interests of the Soft Matter and Wetting research group situated in the Aalto University Department of Applied Physics.
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.
The Surface Science group studies structures, bonding, and reactivity at solid surfaces on the atomic and molecular scale using advanced surface sensitive tools in Ultra High Vacuum environment.
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.
Our research concentrates on fundamental properties of matter.