Department of Applied Physics
Department of Applied Physics
Our pioneering research in physical sciences creates important industrial applications that hold great technological potential.
Our research focuses on Materials physics, Quantum technology, Soft & living matter, and Advanced energy solutions. Topics extend from fundamental research to important applications. Department of Applied Physics educates future generations of research and development professionals, data specialists, technology experts, inventors, and scientists for industry and society.
The department hosts the Academy of Finland Centres of Excellence Quantum Technology Finland (QTF, 2018-2025) and Life Inspired Hybrid Materials (LIBER, 2022-2029). Further quantum technologies are facilitated by the national quantum institute – InstituteQ, coordinated by the department since 2021.
The department is a major user of the national research infrastructure OtaNano that provides fabrication, characterisation and measurement equipment and facilities for students, scientists and high-tech businesses. The Nanomicroscopy Center and the Low Temperature Laboratory of OtaNano are critical assets for our researchers. We extensively utilise and contribute to the development of the national and international cloud and supercomputing resources and databases.
Researchers at the Department of Applied Physics produce almost 400 international refereed journal articles annually, of which over 10% are in high impact journals
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.
Department of Applied Physics Diversity Team
The Diversity Team of the Department of Applied Physics aims to build an inclusive, diverse and welcoming work environment
A way to measure droplets on hydrophilic surfaces wins Innovation Prize at Department of Applied PhysicsDoctoral candidate Heikki Nurmi is awarded the Innovation Prize of the Department of Applied Physics for his invention that makes easier the measuring of droplets on hydrophilic surfaces. The invention paves the way for improved application of paints, coatings, and growth medium for bacteria on surfaces that are extremely prone to wetting.
Perpetual motion is possible – Scientists at Aalto University’s Low Temperature Lab observed the interaction of two time-crystals that bend the laws of physicsTime-crystals are a phase of matter in which the particles more in a perpetually repeating cycle with no external input of energy. Researchers were able to create two time-crystals at Aalto University’s Low Temperature Lab and observe their interaction. In the future, time-crystals might have applications in devices such as quantum computer memory components.
Regular departmental 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.
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.
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.
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Find out more about our Research Groups
The research group focuses on active matter, non-equilibrium systems and fluids and colloids in EM fields.
We focus on the experimental study of nanostructures, where the precise nature and location of every atom matters.
The CSM group applies statistical physics to a wide variety of cross-disciplinary topics
CEST is developing electronic structure and machine learning methods and applying them to computational materials science problems.
Correlated Quantum Materials Group (CQM)
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.
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.
In the µKI group, we study systems thermally active still in microkelvin range of temperatures.
The MSP group is recognised worldwide in the development of multi-scale and coarse-graining methodologies and their application to condensed matter systems.
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.
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.
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.
The Nuclear Materials and Engineering group employs computational methods to study radiation induced processes and damage formation in materials.
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.
We investigate mesoscopic physics and its sensor applications. The main focus is on charge transport and thermal properties of metallic, superconducting and hybrid nanostructures.
Nano group of the Low Temperature Laboratory investigates fundamental quantum phenomena in nanostructures using low temperature and electronic transport measurements.
We have a major effort on experimental low-temperature physics, but we also carry out computational and theoretical work down to fundamental quantum mechanics.
The research interests of the QD group are quantum coherent dynamics and quantum many-body phenomena in designed nanosystems.
The NEMS group focuses on studies of micro- and nanomechanical resonators near the quantum ground state of moving objects.
The research group works on theoretical problems in quantum transport.
Our research is focused on topological superfluid ³He at ultra-low temperatures
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.
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.
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.
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.