Centre for Quantum Engineering, CQE

Centre for Quantum Engineering, CQE

We tackle the pressing scientific and technological questions to release the full potential of quantum technologies in our society.

Quantum Explorations

Research at CQE

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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Quantum Garden
Quantum Garden

Aalto Quantum Play

Aalto Quantum Play is a multidisciplinary research and art project bringing physicists, game makers and artists together to explore quantum technologies through games and playful art. The project will provide platform for all types of collaboration: between students, staff and visiting scholars and artists. The duration of the project is four years starting 2019 and ending in 2022. Aalto Quantum Play is part of a larger Qplay collaboration between Aalto University and University of Turku. Read more.


The Olli V Lounasmaa Memorial Prize 2020 awarded to JC Séamus Davis
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Olli V. Lounasmaa Memorial Prize awarded to Professor J.C. Séamus Davis

The winner of the 2020 Olli V. Lounasmaa Memorial Prize tells us about his research in quantum materials
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World’s fastest Bose–Einstein condensate created at Aalto University

New research published in Nature Communications can make elusive state of matter in record time
QTF Annual Discovery Prize
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Quantum Technology Finland awards Bayan Karimi

PhD student wins prize for her groundbreaking research achievements
Kuva: Anna Rissanen.
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Meet the new director of OtaNano

Anna Rissanen, the new director of OtaNano, tells us about her role in developing OtaNano for the future


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Lectures and seminars (recurring)

Physics Research Seminar Series: Prof. Ulf Leonhardt- Forces of the Quantum Vacuum

Prof. Ulf Leonhardt (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) will give an online seminar series on "Forces of the Quantum Vacuum".
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Lectures and seminars (recurring)

Physics Research Seminar Series: Prof. Ulf Leonhardt- Forces of the Quantum Vacuum

Prof. Ulf Leonhardt (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) will give an online seminar series on "Forces of the Quantum Vacuum".
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Lectures and seminars (recurring)

Physics Research Seminar Series: Prof. Ulf Leonhardt- Forces of the Quantum Vacuum

Prof. Ulf Leonhardt (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) will give an online seminar series on "Forces of the Quantum Vacuum".


CQE Scientific Board

Scientific Board

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

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

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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.

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Publications. Image: Aino Huovio.

Selected publications

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

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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.

Artistic depiction of a bright light in space / made by Ray Scipak

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

Professor Harri Lipsanen

Nanotechnology Group


Professor Zhipei Sun

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.


Atomic Scale Physics

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

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Micro and Quantum Systems

Professor Ilkka Tittonen


Quantum Transport (QT)

The research group works on theoretical problems in quantum transport.


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.

Group photo of CEST

Turku Quantum Technology (TQT)

TQT is a theoretical physics research group at the University of Turku. Our research primarily focusses on open quantum systems, non-Markovianity, cold atoms, quantum probes, quantum tomography and incompatibility. TQT participates the activities of CQE at Aalto.

Turku Quantum Technology

Mathematical Physics at the University of Helsinki

The mathematical physics group, led by Prof. Antti Kupiainen, investigates mathematical aspects of quantum theory. The group has a strong background in rigorous mathematical applications of quantum field theory and renormalization group analysis. Rigorous mathematical derivation of kinetic limits and statistical
equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics are also a prominent parts of the ongoing research
of the group. The research of the group is problem driven, thus the group is open to adopt methods and approaches of theoretical physics when rigorous mathematical analysis is not possible but the
relevance/interest of the problem motivates its study. The actively contributes to the work of CQE, both in research and teaching.

Mathematical Physics

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


Address: Tietotie 3
Mon–Fri 8.00–16.30

Micronova cleanroom kuva: Aino Huovio

CQE director and coordinator

Christian Flindt

Professori (Associate professor)

Minna Günes

Department of Applied Physics
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