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Quantum Computing and Devices (QCD)

The Quantum Computing and Devices (QCD) group was formally established in October 2007, and since 2012, the premises of our research group has been referred to as QCD Labs. We keep an open mind and explore the most interesting and promising pathways to reach maximal quality and productivity in our research.
Artistic depiction of a bright light in space / made by Ray Scipak

We have a major effort on experimental quantum physics with superconducting circuits, but we also carry out computational and theoretical work down to fundamental quantum mechanics. Currently, we focus on control and readout techniques for superconducting qubits and on the implementation of on-demand dissipation in quantum circuits to study the related dynamics of open quantum systems. We also develop ultrasensitive microwave detectors and on-chip components for controlling microwave photons, single-electron pumps based on silicon quantum dots, and quantum knots and monopoles in Bose-Einstein condensates.

Mikko Möttönen

Group leader

Dr. Mikko Möttönen

Mikko's Quantum Blog


Research highlight: 

SCIENCE PUBLICATION: Observation of isolated monopoles in a quantum field,
Science 348, 544 (2015).

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Quantum gases

Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) is a manifestation of macroscopic occupation of a single quantum state.

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Quantum theory

Quantum theory

QCD's activities cover theoretical and computational problems in quantum information science as well as experimental realizations of quantum devices.

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Silicon quantum electronics

Silicon quantum electronics

Our rigorous long term goal is to find a high-yield (100 pA) and metrologically accurate (10 ppb uncertainty) current source which could be used to redefine the unit of electric current, the ampere.

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Superconducting quantum electronics

Superconducting quantum electronics

We develop components and methodology in the rapidly growing field of quantum computing, especially in the framework of circuit quantum electrodynamics (cQED).

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QCD Media Room

Media hits and research videos by the QCD group

QCD Cinema

Research presentations and media interviews on the research by the QCD group

QCD Media

QCD research in the media


The samples are fabricated in Micronova cleanroom facilities.

Computational studies are performed utilizing the resources of Aalto University and CSC.

Micro and nanofabrication facilities

OtaNano offers facilities to develop innovative enabling technologies and apply them to practical micro- and nano-systems

Cryostats and measurement equipment in QCD Labs

QCD Labs - Cryostats and measurement equipment

Cryostats and measurement equipment used in QCD Labs.

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Latest publications

Realisation of a quantum current standard at liquid helium temperature with sub-ppm reproducibility

Stephen Giblin, Emma Mykkanen, Antti Kemppinen, Pekka Immonen, Antti Manninen, Mate Jenei, Mikko Mottonen, Gento Yamahata, Akira Fujiwara, Masaya Kataoka 2020 Metrologia

Tunable refrigerator for nonlinear quantum electric circuits

Hao Hsu, Matti Silveri, Andras Gunyho, Jan Goetz, Gianluigi Catelani, Mikko Mottonen 2020 Physical Review B

A category theoretical interpretation of discretization in Galerkin finite element method

Valtteri Lahtinen, Antti Stenvall 2020 MATHEMATISCHE ZEITSCHRIFT

Coherent spin control of s-, p-, d- and f-electrons in a silicon quantum dot

Ross Leon, Chih Heng Yang, Jason Hwang, Julien Camirand Lemyre, Tuomo Tanttu, Wister Huang, Kok Wai Chan, Kuan Tan, Fay Hudson, Kohei Itoh, Andrea Morello, Arne Laucht, Michel Pioro-Ladriere, Andre Saraiva, Andrew S. Dzurak 2020 Nature Communications

Comparison of Strain Effect between Aluminum and Palladium Gated MOS Quantum Dot Systems

Brian Chi Ho Mooy, Kuan Tan, Nai-Shyan Lai 2020 Universe

Quantum-Circuit Refrigeration for Superconducting Devices

Matti Partanen, Kuan Tan, Shumpei Masuda, E. Hyyppä, Mate Jenei, Jan Goetz, Vasilii Sevriuk, Matti Silveri, Mikko Möttönen 2020 21st Century Nanoscience – A Handbook

Finite Element Method Based Estimation of Critical Current Density of NbTi

Joonas Vesa, Valtteri Lahtinen, Paavo Rasilo 2020 IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity

Operation of a silicon quantum processor unit cell above one kelvin

Chih Heng Yang, Ross Leon, Jason Hwang, Andre Saraiva, Tuomo Tanttu, Wister Huang, Julien Camirand Lemyre, Kok Wai Chan, Kuan Tan, Fay E. Hudson, Kohei Itoh, Andrea Morello, Michel Pioro-Ladriere, Arne Laucht, Andrew Dzurak 2020 Nature
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database
QCD Group members 2020

QCD members in the group photo 2020: Andras Gunyho, Aarne Keränen, Kassius Kohvakka, Roope Kokkoniemi, Suman Kundu, Sasu Tuohino, Aleksi Kononen, Heidi Kivijärvi, Jean-Philippe Girard, Jani Suolinna, Niko Savola, Wei Liu, Chengyu Yan, Antti Kirjasilta, Tuomas Mylläri, Timm Mörstedt, Valtteri Lahtinen, Frederik Ihmuotila, Aashish Sah, Arto Viitanen, Jinli Zhang, Jian Ma, Mikko Möttönen and Giacomo Catto.

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