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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.

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Research

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.

Aalto-yliopisto, liput / kuvaaja: Aino Huovio

Research excellence

The Department of Applied Physics is recognised for its research excellence through numerous national and international external funding awards.

Image: Aino Huovio

Publications of the Department of Applied Physics

Researchers at the Department of Applied Physics produce almost 400 international refereed journal articles annually, of which over 10% are in high impact journals

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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. Our long and successful research tradition is recognized worldwide for pioneering work, especially in condensed matter physics and nanoscale quantum electronic devices.

Olli V. Lounasmaa in Argonne in 1962.

Olli V. Lounasmaa Memorial Prize

The Olli V. Lounasmaa Memorial Prize is awarded once every four years to scientists who have made outstanding contributions to advances in low temperature physics and related fields.

Research Infrastructures

Kvanttibitit. Kuva: Jan Goetz.

OtaNano

OtaNano is a national research infrastructure (RI) focusing on competitive research in nanoscience and -technology, and in quantum technologies.

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Science-IT

Science-IT provides infrastructure for high-level computational research at Aalto University and is coordinated by the School of Science.

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Experimental Equipment of the Department of Applied Physics

Read more about the experimental equipment used by research groups at the Department of Applied Physics

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Graphene research
Studies

Studies

Approximately 25 Masters of Science and 30 Doctors of Science graduate annually from the Department of Applied Physics.

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News

Olli Ikkala.
Research & Art Published:

Professor Olli Ikkala wins Dutch Polymer Science award

The annual PTN Medema Lecture award is granted to a renowned international polymer scientist
Vesi-ilmapallojen heittopeli. Kuva: Matti Ahlgren.
Studies Published:
HRTEM of SrTiO2
Research & Art Published:

New materials for fuel cells

Researchers from Aalto University and Northeastern University (China) have demonstrated a solid oxide fuel cell based on a single-oxide SrTiO2 electrolyte. A high power density of 620 mW per cm2 with hydrogen as fuel was obtained. The electrolyte forms a mixed proton and oxygen ion conductor with a core-shell structure
Sci dissertaion winners 2019
Honoured, Research & Art, University Published:

Aalto dissertation award 2019 in the School of Science

Annual prize ceremony celebrates the best doctoral dissertations of the past year
Way Out There Live from Otaniemi: Secrets of our universe
Way Out There Live from Otaniemi: Secrets of our universe

The secrets of our universe live in a big blue cylinder

Join Kate Jurva as our #wayoutthere Facebook Live series continues in the world of applied physics! On hand to answer questions on the latest in applied physics are Professor Emeritus Grigori Volovik and Senior Scientist Vladimir Eltsov. It all starts at minute 5!

Events

Lectures and seminars

AQP Seminar: Crossover between electron-phonon and boundary resistance limited thermal relaxation in copper films

Aalto Quantum Physics Seminar (Nanotalo). Speaker: Libin Wang (Pico, Aalto)
Lectures and seminars

AQP Seminar: Quantum heat engine using energy quantization and resources of degeneracy

Aalto Quantum Physics Seminar (Nanotalo). Speaker: Dr. Debmalya Das (QIC Group, Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI), India)
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Lectures and seminars

Merck Lecture: Prof. Rafal Klajn

This invited lecture, hosted by Aalto Distinguished Professor Olli Ikkala, is entitled: From new dynamically self-assembling materials to chemical reactivities in confined environments
Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of engineering physics, Sini Numminen, M.Sc.(Tech.)

Title of the dissertation is "Reliability and sustainability analyses of frugal solar photovoltaic micro-grid systems in emerging markets"

Regular departmental seminars

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Brown Bag Seminar

Physics brown bag seminars highlight exciting new results arising from the physics community at Aalto.

Aalto University Undergraduate Center Lecture Hall / Tuomas Uusheimo

Aalto Physics Colloquium

The Aalto Physics Colloquium is a high-level colloquium series covering all branches of physics at Aalto University. We invite prestigious physicists from around the world to tell us about their research.

Information for prospective employees

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Open positions

Looking for a job at Aalto University? See our open positions.

Campus life

For international staff

Are you thinking of moving to Finland to work at Aalto University - or are you already an international member of the Aalto community? The information below might provide interesting insight in the practicalities of living in Finland and working at Aalto.

Life at the campus.

Working at Aalto

Insight into working at Aalto; career opportunities, culture, way of working, International community, work-life balance and open positions.

Photographer: Roee Cohen

2019 Summer Internships

PHYS Summer Trainee Call 2019

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Contact information

Where to find us

Nanotalo building

Address: Puumiehenkuja 2
Mon-Fri 7.45-16.00

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

Micronova

Address: Tietotie 3
Mon–Fri 8.00–16.30

Undergraduate Centre

Address: Otakaari 1
Mon-Thu 7.45-21.00, Fri 7.45-20.00

Aalto-yliopisto / Kandidaattikeskus / katsomo / kuva: Tuomas Uusheimo

Find out more about our Research Groups

Active Matter

The research group focuses on active matter, non-equilibrium systems and fluids and colloids in EM fields.

Antimatter and Nuclear Engineering

The Antimatter and Nuclear Engineering group specializes in the development and applications of positron-based spectroscopic tools in condensed matter research.

Antimatter and nuclear engineering

Atomic Scale Physics

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

Atomic scale physics

Complex Systems and Materials (CSM)

The CSM group applies statistical physics to a wide variety of cross-disciplinary topics

Aalto Yliopisto/ Mikko Jalava

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

Electronic Properties of Materials (EPM)

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.

Junction Fig

Fusion and Plasma Physics

The Fusion and Plasma Physics group at Aalto University investigates plasma phenomena in magnetically confined fusion plasma physics both experimentally and by computer simulations. The overall goal is to create a new, clean and virtually unlimited energy source.

Flux surface diagnostics: field line visualization in Wendelstein 7-X stellarator. Photo: Matthias Otte / IPP

Molecular Materials (Molmat)

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.

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Microkelvin investigations (µKI)

In the µKI group, we study systems thermally active still in microkelvin range of temperatures.

muKi cryostat

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)

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

Nanomaterials (NMG)

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.

Nanomaterials Group

New Energy Technologies (Renewable)

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.

Energy Technology Detail

Optics and Photonics

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.

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.

Samples

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 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

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.

Quantum Transport (QT)

The research group works on theoretical problems in quantum transport.

QT_figure

Rota - Topological superfluids

Our research is focused on the properties of superfluid 3He at ultra-low temperatures

A half-quantum vortex combines circular spin flow and circular mass flow, leading to the 
formation of vortex pairs that can be observed experimentally. Image: Ella Maru Studio.

Soft Matter and Wetting

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.

Water droplets rolling on a superhydrophobic copper surface

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.

Surface Science

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.

Surface science

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

Theory of Quantum Matter (TQM)

Our research concentrates on fundamental properties of matter.

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Updated 1.3.2019
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