Department of Applied Physics

Cryocourse 2023

Cryocourse 2023 is an international school on cryogenics, microwave measurements, and low-temperature engineering for quantum technology. The event is aimed at young researchers at the graduate and postdoctoral level, offering training by the most knowledgeable and distinguished scientists in the field. The course has been organised since 2002 in various locations, and Aalto University has served as the venue four times.

In 2023 the course returns to Aalto. Cryocourse 2023 takes place on May 18-26, in Nuuksio, Espoo with hands-on exercises at Aalto campus.
Drone shot of Nuuksio by Visit Espoo
Cryocourse 2023 takes place in the scenic vistas of Nuuksio. Photo: DSP Media, courtesy of Visit Espoo.

Cryocourse is a series of events dating back to 2002. It has been organized in different locations approximately every second year. Events have been hosted in Grenoble (5 times), Helsinki (4), Eindhoven (1), Heidelberg (2), Madrid (1), and Kosice (1). Some of the most recent iterations are presented on the website of the European Microkelvin Platform (EMP).

The Cryocourse concept is valued as an important asset to keep up and disseminate the knowhow of advanced cryogenic techniques on the European scale. In addition to low temperature physics, this is important for many aspects of solid state quantum technology, and for developing new applications of low noise amplification, novel quantum components, and microwave measurements at the single-quantum level.

Target audience

The event is aimed at young researchers at the graduate and postdoctoral level. We offer training by most knowledgeable and distinguished scientists in the field.

What you will learn

The students are provided with tutorial lectures on cooling and measurement techniques, low-temperature detectors and amplifiers, sample preparation for experiments at extreme conditions, as well as latest developments in the field of low temperature engineering for quantum technology. In addition, the program includes hands-on exercises in thermometry and other low temperature techniques, guided by advanced graduate students and scientists at the Department of Applied Physics of Aalto University.

Students at Cryocourse 2018
Participants experimenting during Cryocourse 2018 at Aalto University. Photo: Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University.


  • Refrigeration techniques and thermometry at millikelvin temperatures
  • Superfluidity and superconductivity
  • SQUIDs and other low-noise detectors
  • Basic superconducting components for quantum technology
  • Amplifiers and microwave measurements at the quantum limit
  • MEMS and NEMS devices
  • Nanodevices for cooling and thermometry


Vladimir Eltsov, Aalto University
Sorin Paraoanu, Aalto University
Juha Tuoriniemi, Aalto University
Laure Mercier de Lépinay, Aalto University
Mikko Möttönen, Aalto University
Mika Sillanpää, Aalto University
Bayan Karimi, University of Helsinki
Jukka Pekola, Aalto University
Pertti Hakonen, Aalto University
Erkki Thuneberg, Aalto University
Robert Drost, Aalto University
Viktor Tsepelin, Lancaster University
Visa Vesterinen, VTT
Manohar Kumar, Aalto University
Lev Levitin, Royal Holloway University of London
Dominik Zumbühl, University of Basel
Christian Enss, Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics, Heidelberg University
Andrew Fefferman, Institut Néel University of Grenoble


Cryocourse 2023 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824109.

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