Department of Applied Physics

Department of Applied Physics

Our vigorous research in physical sciences creates important industrial applications that hold great technological potential.

Low Temperature Laboratory

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 the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence 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.

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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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Quantum Explorations

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.

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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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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

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
Image accompanying publication that resolves the structure of TCNE films on copper
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Deciphering the structure of nanosystems with machine learning

The CEST group joins forces with a team in Austria to solve a long-standing puzzle in nanoscience.
Scanning tunneling microscope tip confining electrons in graphene
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Stopping the unstoppable with atomic bricks

Aalto University theorist part of a team that developed a method for trapping elusive electrons
A Photon energy graph
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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

Events

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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".
Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of engineering physics, Annika Stuke, MSc

The title of the dissertation is "Machine learning for spectroscopic properties of organic molecules"

Regular departmental seminars

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Brown Bag Seminars

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

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AQP seminar

Aalto Quantum Physics seminars

Aalto Quantum Physics seminars are hosted at the Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University, and feature both local and international speakers on a variety of topics in quantum physics.

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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.

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Atomic scale quantum materials colloquium: new online colloquium series

The colloquium will present novel developments in the field of atomic manipulation with scanning probe techniques and atomically designed quantum matter. This Colloquium series will start on May 4th, and run once a week, preliminary until the end of June.

Information for prospective employees

Open positions

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

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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.

Campus life

Family leaves

This page contains basic information about family leaves, which include maternity leave, special maternity leave, paternity leave, parental leave, child care leave and partial child care leave.

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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

Micronova cleanroom kuva: Aino Huovio

Undergraduate Centre

Address: Otakaari 1

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.

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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.

Group photo of CEST

Correlated Quantum Materials (CQM)

Correlated Quantum Materials Group (CQM)

Correlated Quantum Materials (CQM)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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 wettability of surfaces are the key research interests of Soft Matter and Wetting research group at Aalto University Department of Applied Physics.

Spherical water droplets on a superhydrophobic surface partially submerged in water. The surface is gray copper colour, while the submerged part is silvery due to thin airfilm captured by the 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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