Low Temperature Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. 

Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.  


About the group

As a special interest, member-driven group, we look at physics research and industries linked to low temperature physics. We also sponsor two prizes that recognise significant ideas and developments in the physics community.

We are interested in a range of topics linked to low temperature physics including:

  • superfluidity
  • superconductivity
  • techniques relevant to the production and maintenance of low temperatures
  • thermometry
  • milli-kelvin and micro-kelvin techniques
  • the study of the electrical, thermal, magnetic and mechanical properties of solids and fluids at low temperatures

What the group does

We also focus on systems operating at low temperatures and these include:

  • cryopumps 
  • infrared detectors
  • superconducting magnets
  • devices based on the Josephson effect

We have close links to the Superconductivity Group.

The Low Temperature Group was founded in 1945.

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Group physics prizes

Simon Memorial Prize

This prize is for distinguished work in experimental or theoretical low temperature physics.

Find out more about the Simon Memorial Prize.

Low Temperature PhD Thesis Prize

This prize is for a PhD thesis that makes the strongest contribution to the development of low-temperature physics and technology. 

Find out more about the Low Temperature PhD Thesis Prize.

Group events 

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Committee and contacts