O.V. Lounasmaa Laboratory

From the beginning of 2015 the Low Temperature Laboratory (LTL) of O.V. Lounasmaa Laboratory (OVLL) is part of the new Department of Applied Physics and the Brain Research Unit (BRU) of OVLL forms a new Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering with former Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science.

For fifty years the research fields of OVLL have been the research flagships of Aalto University. The research and education are centered on physics from 1 Kelvin down to the very lowest temperatures (LTL) and on noninvasive studies of human brain function (BRU). LTL is the home base for the national Centre of Excellence on Low Temperature Quantum Phenomena and Devices (CoE-LTQ), and three of the professors of former OVLL hold Academy Professor positions; one of them also recognized as Academician of Science. The laboratory hosts two large-scale research infrastructures (RIs) of Aalto; Low Temperature Laboratory -infrastructure and Aalto NeuroImaging (ANI), now as parts of new departments.

The long tradition of pioneering research, with multiple technological and methodological innovations in OVLL has lead to emerge of several spin-off companies. They have shown competitive edge all over the world in the fields of e.g. modern refrigeration, low-temperature instrumentation, and human brain imaging.